Clare McIntyre

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Clare McIntyre
Born (1952-07-21) 21 July 1952 (age 65)
Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Died 27 November 2009(2009-11-27) (aged 57)
Information
Period 1980s
Genre Drama
Notable work(s) I've Been Running (1986), Low Level Panic (1988), My Heart's a Suitcase (1990), No Warning For Life (1992), The Thickness of Skin (1996), Bob's Play (1999), The Changeling (2001), The Maths Tutor (2003)
Awards Beckett Award (1989), Evening Standard and London Drama Critic's Most Promising Playwright Award (1990)

Lindsay Clare McIntyre (21 July 1952 - 27 November 2009) was among the feminist playwrights who contributed to the deconstruction of traditional forms of female representation. She debuted on the British feminist theatre scene as an actress in the 1970s, and emerged as a female writer with allegiance to feminist issues a decade later.

Biography and career

McIntyre was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in 1952 and grew up in Woldingham, Surrey, to later move to Manchester to study drama at the University of Manchester.[1]

She started working in acting with the Nottingham Playhouse's theatre-in-education team, and later joined the feminist Women's Theatre Group as a performer and deviser.[1] Before devoting herself to full-time feminist playwriting, she also played minor roles in films such as The Pirates of Penzance (1983), Hotel du Lac (1986) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988).[1]

In the following years, she wrote not only for the stage, but also for television, as she contributed to the British soap operas EastEnders and Castles, and radio, with Walls of Silence (1993) and Noisy Bodies (1999).[1]

She taught on a postgraduate playwriting course at the University of Birmingham from 1991 to 1998.[1]

McIntyre died of multiple sclerosis in 2009, twenty-four years after she was first diagnosed with the disease.

Major works

Characterised by a humorous and imaginative style, poignant dialogue and complex characters, her plays shrewdly expose feminist concerns such as women's anxieties over personal relationships, their bodies and pornography.[2] Among the many awards she received for her theatre pieces are the Beckett Award in 1989 and the Evening Standard and London Drama Critic's Most Promising Playwright Award in 1990.[1] She won the former for Low Level Panic (1988) and the latter for My Heart's a Suitcase (1990).[2] Both stage plays were performed at the Royal Court Theatre and televised in 1994 and 1993 respectively.[1][2] They depict women dealing with the concerns engendered by an inhospitable world.[2] McIntyre's other theatre pieces include: I've Been Running (1986), No Warning For Life (1992), The Thickness of Skin (1996), Bob's Play (1999), The Changeling (2001) and The Maths Tutor (2003).[3]

Film appearances

Published works

Film and Television

  • Hi How Are You (1989)
  • Junk Mail (screenplay, 1991)
  • Castles (episode 23 of series, 1994)
  • Hungry Hearts (pilot, 1996, and re-development, 1998)
  • EastEnders (several episodes, 1998)

Radio

  • I've Been Running (radio adaptation of own stage play, 1990)
  • Walls of Silence (original radio play, 1993)
  • The Art of Sitting (1 x 90’, 1995)
  • Shelf Life (30’ pilot for original series, 1996)
  • Noisy Bodies (1999)
  • My Heart's a Suitcase (2011)

Television and theatre adaptation

  • My Heart's a Suitcase (television adaptation of own stage play, 1993)
  • Low Level Panic (television adaptation of own stage play, 1994)
  • Beware Of Pity (theatre adaptation of book by Stefan Zweig, 1998)

Theatre

  • I've Been Running (1986)
  • Low Level Panic (1988)
  • My Heart's a Suitcase (1990)
  • No Warning For Life (1992)
  • The Thickness of Skin (1996)
  • Bob's Play (1999)
  • The Changeling (2001)
  • The Maths Tutor (2003)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Edgar, David (2 December 2009). "Clare McIntyre obituary". www.theguardian.com/international. 
  2. ^ a b c d Stephenson and Langridge, Heidi and Natasha (1997). Rage and Reason: Women Playwrights on Playwriting. London: Bloomsbury. p. 81. 
  3. ^ "Clare McIntyre Rights". 
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