Standing Wave: Delia Derbyshire in the 1960s

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Standing Wave: Delia Derbyshire in the 1960s is a biographical play by Nicola McCartney based on Delia's life which was performed by the Reeling and Writhing theatre group from 7-23 October 2004 at the Tron theatre in Glasgow.[1]

The review site for the production contains a few biographical snippets: "a brief and disastrous marriage to a striking Yorkshire miner" in 1974 when "at only 37, she was beginning the long battle with alcohol and depression that would shadow the remaining three decades of her life."



  • The play had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004 but was not captured on video
  • Nicola McCartney holds the rights to the script, which makes fascinating reading.


  1. Variations on the Dr Who theme in on 25th September 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Music for the years of the BBC time lords in The Sunday Times on 26th September 2004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Waving, not drowning in on 3rd October 2004.