Set in London, The Thickness of Skin tells the story of a middle-class woman who lends a hand to a homeless man. The play sheds a light on some of the unforeseen challenges that emerge when classes collide. The Thickness of Skin explores the question, "When we have an urge to help others, is it because we want to serve ourselves, or are we really doing it for other people's benefit?"
Clare McIntyre (1952-2009) was one of an extraordinary generation of British female playwrights who emerged in the 1980s. Before then, there were really only two nationally known women writing in the British theater, Caryl Churchill and Pam Gems. By the end of the decade, there were two to three dozen. Among the many awards McIntyre received for her theater pieces are the Beckett Award in 1989, the London Evening Standard Theatre Award, and London Drama Critics' Most Promising Playwright Award in 1990.