Given her disreputable past, retired teacher Maggie Brodie knows she was a last minute choice for supply cover. Being patronised by the idiotic young headmaster is an indignity she can just about endure. But her frustrations increase when a silent Somalian child in her class, whom Maggie is inexplicably drawn to, is believed by her family and community to be possessed. Maggie seems to be the only one who is outraged and protective of the girl. And if they don’t listen to her, she will be forced to take action. Drastic action.
"Maxwell has made his breakthrough, producing a 90-minute text of such sustained brilliance in its efforts to confront some of the deepest problems facing our society, that it sometimes threatens to take our breath away." - The Scotsman
"Maxwell's easy comedy hits dark psychological waters, like something by Edgar Allan Poe" - The Guardian
“Promises Promises is a one-person show but there’s no shortage of characters conjured up in Douglas Maxwell’s exemplary piece of storytelling.” - Time Out London
“Maxwell’s writing is both down-to-earth and lyrical, heightened to intensify the atmosphere of the story” - Tribune
"Maxwell's writing, which involves much humour at the beginning, is confidently fluent and the ending has a most unexpected twist." – EdinburghGuide.com