'A love letter to the theatre" - that's how Pam Gems describes her latest play, Mrs Pat, recalling a forgotten heroine of the British stage, Mrs Patrick Campbell (1865-1940). It's hard not to smile at this, because all Gems's plays might be summed up thus. From the show that first got her noticed in the mid-'70s, Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi, to the bio-dramas for which she is best known - Piaf, Marlene and Stanley (about Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich and Stanley Spencer) - an unmissable feature of her work is passion: passion for her subject, and passion for the medium she has chosen, or which chose her.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
In The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish talks to playwright Pam Gems.