Iron Lady Writer, Abi Morgan, To Debut At Royal Court Theatre

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The writer of The Iron Lady and The Hour, Abi Morgan, will take her newly penned play, The Mistress Contract, to the Royal Court Theatre next season in a debut for the British screenwriter and playwright. The play will be based on the book of the same name, originally penned by anonymous authors who simply call themselves "she" and "he."

The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep Won An Academy Award For Her The Iron Lady Performance.

The play's director and Royal Court's artistic director, Vicky Featherstone, has said the film is concerned with "whether we can stave off decay" and will look at the unique relationship between an American couple who became friends at university but after meeting again 20 years later, the woman had a proposition for the man, according toThe Guardian. She faxed her lover a contract detailing an agreement for him to sign that in return for a place to live and the permission to record all their conversations, she'd provide sex and "mistress services," becoming his "sexual property." According toThe Daily Mail, the typed documents requests the unnamed woman should receive "tasteful accommodations to her liking together with expenses accrued in the normal course of her activities." He agreed, signed the contract and the unusual and highly fascinating affair began.

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Abi Morgan [R] Will Make Her Royal Court Debut With The Mistress Contract.

In a world where stories such as EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey have taken precedence, implying that men are the initiators of sexual domination-type agreements, The Mistress Contract will show a woman who drew up a contract to suit her own needs as well as her "master's." However, the popularity of "mummy porn" 50 Shades will certainly boost theatre audiences sparked by a recent trend in interest of the BDSM industry. Morgan's previous work includes BBC's The Hour and Birdsong, as well as 27 for the National Theatre of Scotland and Lovesong for Frantic Assembly. She has had experience writing for sexual scenes, having been screenwriter for Steve McQueen's acclaimed Shame.

The Royal Court's new season begins in September and The Mistress Contract will begin performances from January 2014.


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