Play directory : The Breathing House

Welcome to The Mandy Network Plays Directory.

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Peter Arnott
  • Overview
    Set in Edinburgh in the late 19th century, the play seizes on the familiar idea of the city as a uniquely divided one, part glittering centre of reason and learning, part sewer of crumbling medieval slums, prostitution and degradation. The play's hero, John Cloon, and his friend Gilbert Chanterelle, are young men of science interested in public health; but while the widowed Cloon's reforming idealism remains intact – finding expression in his growing love for his remarkable housekeeper, Hannah – Chanterelle's more affair with a servant girl ends in cynicism and despair.