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Milk and Gall

Milk and Gall

By Mathilde Dratwa
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040528, 112 pages, November 2021


It's Presidential Election Night 2016. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head to head, the entire world holds its breath. Except for Vera, who has to focus on her breathing. She's in hospital, giving birth to a baby boy – and she has no idea that America has just lost its mind.

Over the course of one unfathomable year, personal and political spheres collide, pushing Vera beyond the point of exhaustion. While everyone else is out marching, she's at home stuck to a breast pump.

Mathilde Dratwa's Milk and Gall is a funny, surreal play reflecting the experience of being a new mother under Trump. 


"Mathilde Dratwa is the real deal. Her debut play is a riot... daringly imaginative and blackly funny... announces a unique new talent with a bang."

- Evening Standard

"A striking debut with a wonderfully confident, surreal swagger to it."

- Guardian

"Zippy, playful and often laugh-out-loud funny... an uncommonly sharp piece of writing."

- Time Out