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Collector of Tears


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Collector of Tears and other Monologues

by Sean Burn


An epic love story told across four centuries by Sunderland-born Tanya Sealt, a woman who cannot age until she has cried. Collector of Tears is a play about history, oppression and loss. Taking both male and female lovers, Tanya is an outcast. She carries with her an amazing collection of glass tear bottles which she tenderly unpacks before telling their stories. On the day of Margaret Thatcher’s resignation on 22 November 1990, Tanya finally stands her ground and fights those who have hunted her and her lovers, male and female, down through time; finally learning how to cry.

Best North East new play of 2014 by the British Theatre Guide.



“… a sweeping epic of a monologue that traverses centuries yet concerns itself with the most intimate of emotions. Full of surprising poetry, an artful weave of half-remembered myths, it is a theatrical Orlando for our times.” Colin Teevan, Professor of Playwriting, Birkbeck University

“…It’s a flawless fusion of writing, performance, design and lighting… Moving and often amusing, this is a beautifully written and performed piece of work.” David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide

“…a stirring, thought-provoking and uplifting piece of theatre.” Steve Burbridge, UK Theatre Network


About the author

Sean Burn‘s plays ( have been staged by a number of companies across Europe and in the UK. His thirty short films have received screenings worldwide, as well as at Tate Modern and National Film Theatre Studios, London. The latest – Widescream – was joint winner of 2010’s Old Vic short monologue competition. His latest solo show – Bastille’s England – taking poet John Clare’s asylum break out and five day walk to freedom in 1841 has toured internationally. He was shortlisted for a Dadafest Disability Arts Award 2009 for Next Swan Down The River Might Be Black (Aurora Metro) and this play.

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