Bryony Lavery (born 1947) is a British dramatist, known for her successful and award-winning 2004 play Frozen. In addition to her work in theatre, she has also written for television and radio. She has written books including the biography Tallulah Bankhead and The Woman Writer's Handbook, and taught playwriting at Birmingham University.
Having begun her career as an actress, she decided that she was fed up with playing poor parts in plays, such as the left arm of a sofa, and decided to write plays with better parts for women. Early in her career she founded a theatre company called Les Oeufs Malades with actor Gerard Bell, she also founded Female Trouble, More Female Trouble and served as artistic director of Gay Sweatshop.
Her plays have a feminist undertone in them and she has even written plays (like More Light which has only one male speaking role) with almost entirely female casts. She has written more than twenty plays since 1976.
She has written five plays for the National Theatre Connections series.
CULTURE: Understanding Chekhov; THEATRE Playwright Bryony Lavery Talks to Terry Grimley about Her Contribution to the Chekhov Boom
Mar 21, 2007; Byline: Terry Grimley Birmingham Rep's new production of Uncle Vanya brings you two playwrights for the price of one. Anton...
The Life of Bryony ; Bryony Lavery Is a Writing Phenomenon, a Passionate Advocate of the Power of Theatre. Now, with Her Latest Play, She Is Finally Gaining Wider Acclaim. David Benedict Talks to Her
Jan 19, 2001; How's this for a horror story? Bryony Lavery receives a phone call from her publisher. "How's your biography of Tallulah Bankhead...