Lochhead, Liz. (b. 1947).
W o r k
- a Scottish dramatist, poet, performer, screenwriter, and translator
- typically uses a vigorous Scots vernacular
- preoccupied with the Gothic in both her dramatic and poetic works
- often translates and adapts other writers' works x but: uses them as metaphors commenting on the contemporary condition of women
- preoccupied with women as mother figures and the usurpation of maternity
- struggles to redeem the energies spent in the clashes of sexual difference
Dreaming Frankenstein (1984):
- a collection of poetry
- examines female sexuality, especially concerned with the Scottish working class woman
- uses leitmotifs of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- an adaptation of Molière's play translated into Scots
Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987):
- a play on the bloody aspects of Scottish history
- concerned with the supplement and substitution of the mother, in this case Mary as the historical mother of Scottish Modernity
> a huge success of the Edinburgh Festival where it was first performed
- an adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel
- on the liberating effect of vampirism on female sexuality
- an adaptation of Euripides's play
- explores the condition of the wrong and vengeful mother
(Photo: Paul Beasley).
AuthorLiz Lochhead. (b. 1947). Scottish.
WorkPlaywright. Poet. Author of Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1989).
GenresPostmodern drama and poetry. Gothicism.
"She said she / woke up with him in / her head, in her bed. / Her mother-tongue clung to her mouth’s roof / in terror, dumbing her, and he came with a name / that was none of her making."
From Dreaming Frankenstein (1984).