The Steamie
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published in volume Scot-Free
First Staged:
Wildcat, Glasgow, 1987

The Steamie

By Tony Roper
Published in volume Scot-Free
On Stage at:
Scottish tour
From Wed 6 Sep 2017 to Sat 11 Nov 2017

A celebration of women's work in a 1950s Glasgow wash-house on Hogmanay.

It's Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash-house (or 'steamie'), and four women of various ages and personalities are here to do their last laundry of the year.

They share memories and jokes, talk about their menfolk, entertain hopes for the future, and sing a few songs. Sad, nostalgic, and very, very funny, Tony Roper's play The Steamie has been a great popular success since it premiered in Glasgow in 1987.

Press Quotes

'sublime... a brilliantly sustained comic groove... a delicious piece of writing'

Guardian

'a near-perfect snapshot of the lives of four working-class women at the very moment when a new affluence was about to change their lives forever'

Scotsman

'heart and soul aplenty'

Glasgow Herald

'This remains an immensely important play with obvious resonances today. It is a lament for the death of community. Roper's use of the Scots language is so vivid, his observation of life so astute, that this era of friendship and solidarity is borne again.'

Whatsonstage.com

'one of Scotland’s most loved comedy dramas... this play brings together issues of women’s rights with the realities of a simpler life with humour, good nature and tenderness... a must see for people of all ages'

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Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published in volume Scot-Free
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