Under the one title Naked Woman are brought
together two plays by the critically acclaimed Garry O’Connor. The
first, Semmelweis, is a victim play in the Tennessee Williams
tradition, and the second, De Raptu Meo, is a theatrical
re-creation of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and his times.

Semmelweis is from the start in a trap
set by his own character and his overriding passion for truth. But
his is a story of crushing disappointment, having parallels today,
especially in medicine. To see flaws in the system, and to speak out
against cover-ups and vested interest, invites pariah status and a
ruthless sweeping aside in the relentless drive for conformity and

De Raptu Meo, as Libby Purves pointed out in
her review, exposes the relativity of truth we find in contemporary
culture, which she has contrasted with events surrounding English
poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who faced, in Richard II’s reign, the
accusation of rape. Present society is awash with stories of sexual
abuse as no other age has been. Here is a take on that subject, with
the audience asked to participate in Chaucer’s trial as if the
jury, and at the end give a verdict as to whether or not he was
guilty of the crime.

Semmelweis was first performed at the
Edinburgh Festival, and De Raptu Meo had its first reading in
Inner Temple, with Derek Jacobi in the part of Geoffrey Chaucer, and
its first full performance in the same venue with Ian Hogg in the
lead role.

Naked Woman is published by CentreHouse
Press and is available in print format. Retails at all the usual
places, including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Word Power Books, Barnes and