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Painting From Memory

    by Hilary Spiers

... in partnership with 


Louis Mackay, iconoclastic painter and artist, died a tragic early death in a freak accident. His widow, Sheila, elder daughter Frances and disturbed younger daughter Bridget (Bird) have all come to terms with his death in different ways. Bird is the spiky, sparky centre of this play which explores the tensions in a fractured family.

When a resurgence of interest in Louis’s career and works leads a biographer to start writing the story of the artist’s life, the three women in the family have very different motives for wanting their own picture of Louis to be portrayed. 


(2m, 4f)

  • Bird Mackay (Bridget), 17
  • Frances Mackay (Franny), late twenties, her sister
  • Sheila Mackay, fifties, their mother
  • Simon, late twenties
  • Gaynor, early thirties, American
  • Eric Linn, forties

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