I Didn't Always Live Here

project created by Glottenbal Productions, project category Theatre

   Project started on February 12, 2013
I Didn't Always Live Here

The English Premiere and first production in forty years of Stewart Conn's acclaimed play I Didn't Always Live Here, at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre from 26 March - 20 April 2013.

Directed by Lisa Blair, Associate Director of the smash west-end hit One Man Two Guvnors.

“Not as if I always lived here, mind you…I started off in Govan. Never dreamt in those days I’d end up this side of the river. Real step up in the world that was…I’m grateful for it. Despite everything, I’m grateful for it.”

Glasgow, the 1970s. Martha and Amie are old neighbours, trapped in their decaying tenement and cut off from family and friends. With the present closing in and the future uncertain, Martha and Amie’s real companions are the past and their memories of ordinary lives peopled by extraordinary characters and their struggles and triumphs.

I Didn’t Always Live Here is a compassionate and heart rending journey into the forgotten lives of the dispossessed and elderly, as well as an uplifting journey into the human spirit’s capacity to cope with social exclusion and financial hardship. Its revival could not be timelier.

One of multi-award-winning playwright and poet Stewart Conn’s earliest works, I Didn’t Always Live Here now receives its first production since its revival at Dundee Rep in June 1973.

It also marks Lisa Blair’s debut as a freelance director following her work with both the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

We are trying to raise £2500 to fund the unique split-level design that is integral to the dramatic action of the play. The set must authentically reflect the old tenement building in which the play takes place, buildings that are vanishing from modern cities. The set requires an attic space above a living area, connected by a set of stairs; both stairs and attic need to be capable of supporting a minimum of two actors. It is thus a substantial job of construction and is pivotal to mounting the production successfully.

Posted on 07/04/13

Press

We are delighted with our press response to this English premiere! "Enjoyable and beautifully observed." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian "A powerful indictment of an issue that still affects many today." The Stage “A touching tale of loss, loneliness and hope.” WhatsonStage “Charming and uplifting in its humanity.” WhatsonStage “The set and costume design by Alex Marker and Susan Kulkarni are impressive, imbued with detail.” WhatsonStage “Tender, understated play.” Time Out “Much to enjoy.” Time Out “Excellent naturalistic performances, especially from [Jenny] Lee and [Eileen] Nicholas.” Time Out “Alex Marker’s atmospheric design and Susan Kulkarni’s period-perfect costumes.” Time Out “Jenny Lee gives a touching portrayal.” The Stage “Eileen Nicholas portrays the spiky Amie with compassion.” The Stage “Joshua Manning breathes real humanity into visiting vicar MacWhurrie.” The Stage “Stewart Conn’s elegiac drama…is rich in texture.” The Times “An ingenious two-storey set by Alex Marker.” The Times “Alex Marker’s set is a masterpiece.” Exeunt “Martha (Jenny Lee) is a beautifully observed, wryly witty presence.” Exeunt “Electrically shocking.” Exeunt “Alice Haig’s brilliantly funny turn.” Exeunt “The patterning dialogue speaks of Stewart Conn’s career as a poet – beautifully observed.” Exeunt “It might not be contemporary, but somehow there’s little here…that doesn’t still feel true.” Exeunt “Conn’s writing has a great deal of humanity and heart.” One Stop Arts “The dialect has bite and beauty without seeming forced.” One Stop Arts “Lovely, fond touches throughout.” One Stop Arts “Jenny Lee as Martha and Eileen Nicholas as Amie bring a lifetime of experience to their roles…performed to perfection by both actresses.” One Stop Arts “An acutely observed, heart-warming reflection on the lives of two ordinary women.” British Theatre Guide "Don't miss this wonderful play." UK Theatre Network


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