Frances Poet
Frances Poet

2021 Finalist

Maggie May

Synopsis: Maggie May tells the story of a feisty and funny Leeds woman who is trying to keep her Alzheimer’s diagnosis secret from the world. Developed with people living with dementia, the play was conceived and structured to be accessible for people sharing Maggie’s condition. It’s an ordinary tale of extraordinary resilience, full of humour and songs sung to each out of love.

Cast Breakdown:  3W, 2M

Agent: Nick Barron, United Agents


Bio: Frances Poet is a Glasgow based writer of theatre, radio and screen. Stage plays include Fibres (Stella Quines/Citizens Theatre, Scottish tour 2019), Gut (Writers’ Guild Best Play Award winner, UK Theatre Best Play Award nominated and Bruntwood Prize For Playwriting Shortlisted, Traverse Theatre & Tron Theatre 2018 and in a French translation as Madra, Théâtre La Licorne, Montréal 2019 and Théâtre Périscope, Quebec 2020) and the multi-award winning Adam (Scottish and UK tours 2017/18, NYU Skirball Centre 2019 and Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne 2020).

Frances has also completed a number of classic adaptations including The Macbeths (Citizens Theatre/Scottish Tour 2017/18), What Put The Blood (Abbey Theatre, Dublin 2017 and previously as Andromaque, Scottish Tour 2015), Dance of Death (Citizens Theatre 2016) and The Misanthrope (Oran Mòr 2014).

Frances’s play Crusaders was part of NT Connections 2020 and will be included in their 2021 programme and her latest play will be presented as part of Lyceum and Pitlochry Theatre’s Sound Stage initiative in June 2021. Maggie May, developed at Leeds Playhouse in a co-production with Leicester Curve was closed due to Covid-19 the day before its Press Night after just three previews at Queens Theatre,