Your Turn to Clean the Stair: & Fugue

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N. Hern Books, 1995 - Drama - 121 pages

Your Turn to Clean the Stair is a comically sinister study of the tensions in an Edinburgh tenement.

Old Mrs Mackie has always been in charge of her stair, the communal stairwell she shares with inhabitants like tough single-mum Kay and brittle young couple Lisa and Brian. And then there's dodgy Bobby who just gets on everyone's nerves. So when - after avoiding his stair-cleaning duties once again - Bobby's body is found at the bottom of the stairs, the question is not did he fall or was he pushed, but whodunnit?

Rona Munro's play Your Turn to Clean the Stair was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in April 1992 and subsequently on tour.

'neat, well-organised psychological whodunnit - full of wit and energy' Guardian

'develops almost imperceptibly from slice-of-life realism into a subtle study of sexual relationships and contrasting attitudes to sex' Scotsman

Also included in this volume is Fugue, an earlier play from Munro about a young woman and her alter ego.

Fugue was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in April 1983.

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About the author (1995)

Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television including the award-winning plays The James Plays trilogy (National Theatre of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain), Iron (Traverse Theatre and Royal Court, London), Bold Girls (7:84 and Hampstead Theatre) and The Maiden Stone (Hampstead Theatre).Other credits include Scuttlers for Manchester's Royal Exchange, The Last Witch for the Traverse Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival, Long Time Dead for Paines Plough and the Drum Theatre Plymouth, The Indian Boy and Little Eagles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Pandas for the Traverse in Edinburgh. She is the co-founder, with actress Fiona Knowles, of Scotland's oldest continuously performing, small-scale touring theatre company, The Msfits. Their one-woman shows have toured every year since 1986.Film and television work includes the Ken Loach film Ladybird Ladybird , Aimee and Jaguar and television dramas Rehab (directed by Antonia Bird) and BAFTA-nominated Bumping the Odds for the BBC. She has also written many other single plays for television and contributed to series including Casualty and Dr Who . Most recently, she wrote the screenplay for Oranges and Sunshine , directed by Jim Loach and starring Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving.She has contributed several radio plays to the Stanley Baxter Playhouse series on BBC Radio 4.

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