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Women of Twilight. An All-Women Play.
London, Evans Brothers, [1959]. Six copies, 8vo. Original printed wrappers; pp. 94, frontispiece (stage setting), sketch plan, a few wrappers with varying light degrees of wear and spotting, internally a few spots; provenance: the actors' copies, each with name of the character in manuscript on front wrapper, heavily annotated for a production, with alterations to the stage directions. Extremely rare. Second edition, after the first of 1952 in the Evans series Acting Edition. 'Sylvia Rayman's Women of Twilight saw its debut in 1951 and at the time was somewhat of a sensation, dividing critics; one labelling it 'hysterical', while others acknowledged the authenticity of its gritty social realism. Certainly, given its grim subject matter of the exploitation of vulnerable young women and 'baby farming', one can imagine the play in the eyes of your average 1950's audience as being nothing short of incendiary' (Madelaine Moore in Female Arts, online). The controversial play was made into a film, awarded the newly introduced X Certificate, toured through the 1950s and was rediscovered sixty years after its first staging with productions in 2013 and 2014. This edition was prepared by Jean Sheppard and Rona Laurie, who had been responsible for the first production of the play at the Regent Theatre in Hayes in 1951.
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