Writer's Cramp
Published in volume Scot-Free
First Staged:
Calton Studios, Edinburgh, & Bush Theatre, London, 1977

Writer's Cramp

By John Byrne
Published in volume Scot-Free

The debut play from the author of The Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti, taking satirical swipes at Anglo-Scottish cultural pretensions.

John Byrne's play Writer's Cramp tells the life story of Francis Seneca McDade, an aspiring writer and would be artist from Paisley, whose work went bafflingly undetected for so long on the 'deciduous tree of Scottish literature'.

One of the funniest plays of the 1970s, Writer's Cramp was first performed at the Calton Studios, Edinburgh, in August 1977, and opened at the Bush Theatre, London, in November that year.

Press Quotes

'The biggest success of the Festival was the emergence of a new comic talent in John Byrne, a Glaswegian artist whose first play, Writer's Cramp, met with almost unanimous critical acclaim'

Time Out
Published in volume Scot-Free
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