Thursday, December 03, 2009

Clare McIntyre 1952-2009

Playwright and scriptwriter Clare McIntyre has died at the age of 57. There's an obituary by David Edgar in the Guardian.
Clare McIntyre, who has died of multiple sclerosis, aged 57, was one of an extraordinary generation of British female playwrights who emerged in the 1980s. Before then there were really only two nationally known women writing in the British theatre, Caryl Churchill and Pam Gems. By the end of the decade, there were two to three dozen. Although her first play, I've Been Running, was performed at the Old Red Lion theatre pub in Islington, north London, McIntyre's two best-known plays were presented – like many other plays by women at the time – by the Royal Court theatre under the artistic directorship of Max Stafford-Clark.


  1. maeve murphy6:41 pm

    I met Clare Mc Intyre when I was still with the women's theatre company Trouble and Strife. We were workshopping a play at the National Studio called Newxt To You I Lie and she can in for a few days to support. She was truly remarkable woman. I am quite stunned by her death. She was a great writer.

  2. I lived in a flat downstairs from Clare and her cat Harry in Brixton in the mid 1980s. She was more than a good writer. She was a person who really felt for other people - their hopes, fears and innermost thoughts, not just in her writing, but simply by being alive. She encouraged me in a long overdue move from journalism to screenwriting, and produced brave, honest work from 'I've Been Running' and 'Low Level Panic' onwards. My sincere condolences to all her friends and family.


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