Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Two Plays by Garry O'Connor

Debussy Was My Grandfather,
by Garry O'Connor
Debussy Was My Grandfather / The Madness of Vivien Leigh, two plays by Garry O'Connor, published by CentreHouse Press. A theme common to both these plays is the emotional and psychological turmoil behind 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 is a nicely judged balance between art in its moments of transcendence, and the reality underpinning it, with a flawed humanity put to its service. It’s a theme O’Connor has explored in a substantial body of work as novelist, biographer, and playwright.

O'Connor recently discovered that Maggie Teyte, a great British soprano of the early twentieth century, was his grandmother, through her liaison with the celebrated French composer Claude Debussy. Debussy coached the teenage Maggie when she lived in Paris. O'Connor had always believed her to be his great-aunt, but now it appears she was his grandmother.

'Fascinating, sprawling, ambitious and biting...' Sir Kenneth Branagh

'A sensational personal memoir.' Richard Kay

Debussy Was My Grandfather / The Madness of Vivien Leigh, by Garry O'Connor, and published by CentreHouse Press. Click here for Amazon and other purchase options.

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