(Mark Brown's article appeared August 14 in the Guardian.)

Githa Sowerby, the forgotten playwright, returns to the stage

Female writer who understood wealth and poverty gains recognition in home town after almost 100 years

When Rutherford & Son opened in 1912 it was a sensation: a devastating attack on the unacceptable face of capitalism that gripped audiences in the West End, on Broadway and across the world.

And when the press discovered that the writer was – astonishingly for the time – a woman, Githa Sowerby became an instant celebrity and feminist hero.


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