Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781783190263
Binding: PaperBack

Responsible Other

Melanie Spencer


Daisy is sixteen. She was normal. Now she’s just an ill person with a disease no one has heard of.

The hospital tells her father Peter that she must travel regularly to London for specialist treatment – but how on earth will he get time off work? There’s one person he could ask for help. Problem is, Daisy’s not going to like it…

Responsible Other is a bittersweet comedy which examines the complexities of family life.

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ISBN13 9781783190263
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


‘Melanie Spencer's debut play has plenty of spark…unexpectedly affecting, and, in the encounters between Daisy and Alice, Spencer demonstrates that she is a playwright of real talent who can bring a smile of recognition to our faces.’  Guardian, Lyn Gardner 

‘Melanie Spencer's exceedingly attractive and accomplished debut play Responsible Other is full of lively wit and sharp observation, as her beautifully acted production brings out…warmly recommended.’ Independent 

‘…a bold, funny and impressive debut.’ Time Out 

‘[A] fierce and compelling debut play from writer/director Melanie Spencer… The way she captures the dynamics of high-pitched youthful female friendship is exquisite.’ London Evening Standard 

Responsible Other shows much promise: characters are well drawn and differentiated, with strong and likeable personalities. The progression of the various relationships is engaging and dramatic, and Spencer’s focus on and approach to Lupus disease is illuminating and insightful’ A Younger Theatre

Responsible Other is an astonishingly good debut. So amusing, so moving, so acute emotionally… A remarkably rich first play.’ Times