Denise Deegan

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Denise Deegan
Born 1952 (age 64–65)
London, England
Occupation Playwright, director
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater East 15 Acting School
Notable works Daisy Pulls It Off

Denise Deegan (born 1952) is an English novelist and playwright. She is best known for her play, Daisy Pulls It Off.


Deegan was born in London, England, where she trained in stage management at East 15 Acting School.[1] Prior to writing Daisy Pulls It Off (1983), she worked as a freelance stage manager.[2] Daisy Pulls It Off is the play that kick-started her career.[3] Deegan is the resident writer for the prison, HMP Featherstone, where she teaches writing to inmates.[4]


Deegan is best known for Daisy Pulls It Off (1983), a comedy that which spoofs "schoolgirl novels" of the type written by Angela Brazil.[5] The play was called a "pitch-perfect spoof" by The Guardian and it ran for three years in the West End theatre.[6] Her play, The Hiring Fair, is based on a true story of events that took place at the Portfield Fair.[7]

Playwright and critic, Michelene Wandor, identifies Deegan's plays as feminist in nature.[8]


  • The Project (1971).[1]
  • The One and Only Wonderous Legends Show (for EMMA Theatre Company).[1]
  • Daisy Pulls It Off (1983).
  • A Late Late Christmas Carol.[1]
  • The Midsummer Gathering
  • No Birds Sing
  • The Harvester's Feast
  • The Hiring Fair
  • Turn the Old Year Go
  • Tom Jones (adaptation)
  • Swallows & Amazons (co-adaptation)
  • Transports of Delight
  • Every Night Something Awful
  • Ideal Words



  1. ^ a b c d "Denise Deegan". Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Upper Crust Returns to the Stage". Burlington Hawk Eye. 5 June 1983. Retrieved 11 May 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. 
  3. ^ Coveney, Michael (30 April 2002). "Last Night's First Night". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 11 May 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Life as a Writer Behind Bars". BBC News. 21 May 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Wolf, Matt (10 May 2012). "Review: 'Daisy Pulls It Off'". Variety. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Gardner, Lyn (24 January 2010). "Daisy Pulls It Off". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Stephens, Chris S. (2007). Welsh Traditions and Traits. Gomer Press. p. 15. ISBN 9781843237679. 
  8. ^ Lamont, Rosette C. "Carry On, Understudies: Theatre and Sexual Politics by Michelene Wandor (review)". Modern Drama. 31 (1): 135–137. doi:10.1353/mdr.1988.0047. ISSN 1712-5286 – via Project MUSE. (Subscription required (help)). 


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