Under the one title are brought together two plays
by the critically acclaimed Garry O’Connor, Debussy Was My
Grandfather and The Madness of Vivien Leigh.
A theme common to both is the emotional and psychological turmoil underneath the veil of public careers, with an uncompromising look at the undercurrents: the dysfunction of domestic/family life, in all its anguish and floridity. There’s a nicely judged balance between art in its moments of transcendence, and the reality underpinning it, with a flawed humanity put to the service of art. It’s a theme O’Connor has explored in a substantial body of work as novelist, biographer and playwright…
Praise for The Madness of Vivien Leigh:
‘The mythology of one of the century’s most celebrated marriages…a brilliantly perceptive portrait.’ The Observer
‘With real insight O’Connor gets plausibly close to what made Olivier and wife tick as artists…a penetrating, utterly objective mind at work. Irish Times
‘Compulsive…the pair who were Charles and Di, Torville and Dean, Tragedy and Comedy, Scylla and Charybdis all rolled into one.’ Vogue