Forever House

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784603601.00000002
Scenes: 3. Roles: Male (3) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Glenn Waldron's debut play Forever House is a comedy-drama of three linked scenes, all set in the same house in different time-periods, in which three ill-matched pairs search for a new beginning. It was first performed at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, on 21 March 2013.

The play is set in a Victorian terraced house in Plymouth. The first scene is set in September 1999: self-conscious teen Richard is keen to escape to art college in London, in the hope of finding somewhere more accepting of his artistic nature. Graham is older, still unpacking after moving to the city for his job. Both are finding their feet, and they seek common ground in art, music and photography. But Graham seems to have other, darker things on his mind. In the second scene, set in September 2005, local estate agent Becci is showing former school friend and returnee Laura around the same house; both pregnant, Becci looks forward to sharing new motherhood and nights of retro clubbing with her ‘oldest friend’, while Laura is adamant that she’s ‘not moving back’, simply choosing to relocate with her husband’s job, and is firm about her wishes not to reconnect. The third and final scene is set in May 2012: recently separated Mark is coming to terms with new and unfamiliar mating rituals with spiky Lucy, who may or may not have an ulterior motive for agreeing to come back to his for a drink after the pub.

The Drum Theatre premiere was directed by Joe Murphy and designed by Hannah Clark, with Dylan Kennedy as Richard, Tom Peters as Graham, Leah Whitaker as Laura, Becci Gemmell as Becci, Joana Nastari as Lucy and Tom Andrews as Mark.

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Nick Hern Books

Glenn Waldron

ISBN: 9781848423305

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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