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Finborough Theatre - Spring 2013

I Didn't Always Live Here

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FINBOROUGH Theatre has announced its programme for Spring 2013 and it includes a world premiere from Caryl Churchill, the European premiere of a new musical, the professional world premiere from US playwright Bekah Brunstetter and a world premiere from a new writer in his 60s, David Hutchison.

However, the season opens with the English premiere of Stewart Conn’s I Didn’t Always Live Here, which runs from March 26 to April 20.

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.

The production is directed by Lisa Blair, who will be making her debut as a freelance director following her work with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays (March 31 and April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16) is the world premiere of Caryl Churchill’s The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution.

Churchill’s 1972 play is inspired by the life and work of Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), the Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer whose best known works include Black Skin, White Masks and his masterpiece The Wretched of the Earth.

A civil servant presents his psychologically disturbed daughter to the hospital for assessment and insists on her admittance. An inspector demands treatment for his helpless violence against his own wife and child. Three in-patient revolutionaries are delusional and paranoid. These products of a broken society are beginning to show symptoms, how should they be treated?

Directed by James Russell, The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution is a forensic insight into the adjustment of morality for the sake of conscience.

Read more about The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution.

May sees the European premiere of a new musical, ROOMS – A Rock Romance with music and lyrics by multi-award-winning composer/lyricist Paul Scott Goodman. Directed by award-winning director Andrew Keates, it runs from April 23 to May 18.

ROOMS – A Rock Romance begins in late 1970’s Glasgow at the very height of punk rock, where Monica, an ambitious Jewish singer-songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. As the pair become quickly entangled – both creatively and romantically – their music together hurtles them from the dingy clubs of Scotland to the glitz of London and ultimately to New York City…

ROOMS – A Rock Romance is both a thrilling musical journey and a poignant unconventional love story about two young artists, whose love for each other deepens whilst their desires tear them apart.

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ROOMS – A Rock Romance is accompanied on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays (April 28, 29 and 30 and May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14) by the first GB production in over fifty years of the classic 1960 Ulster sectarian drama Over The Bridge by Sam Thompson.

Set in the Belfast Shipyard of the 1950s and against the backdrop of the IRA’s Border Campaign, Thompson’s seminal 1960 play is a powerful exposé of Ulster’s sectarian bigotry and violence before the eruption of the Troubles.

Peter O’Boyle, a Catholic shipyard worker, has become the target of a vicious whispering campaign. Veteran Trade Unionist Davy Mitchell, a Protestant who has spent his life fighting for others’ right to work, is keen that the Union does what it can to protect him. As tensions mount and the union begins to split on sectarian lines, mob rule starts to take over…

Over The Bridge is directed by Emma Faulkner.

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The season comes to a close with the professional world premiere by the Finborough Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence and one of the USA’s hottest young writers, Bekah Brunstetter. Nothing Is The End Of The World (Except For The End Of The World) runs from May 21 to June 8.

In the near-distant future, a New York City charter school becomes the first to welcome artificially intelligent students – but an ever-present reality show film crew doesn’t help things go smoothly.

From Jessica, the student body president, who never wants to fail, ever; to Kit, who’s solid, athletic, and trapped; to Danny, a theatre nerd (the very good kind), now really isn’t a good time to take part in ‘documented partially scripted reality television’.

Suddenly priorities and moralities turn inside out as the androids try to integrate, the students try to help them integrate, and everyone tries to survive junior year.

Max Pappenheim directs.

Bekah Brunstetter’s play is accompanied by the world premiere of The Blood Is Strong by David Hutchison, a new writer in his 60’s. It plays on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays (May 26, 27 and 28 and June 2, 3 and 4).

Scotland, today. Alec Baillie used to be a famous singer of Scottish popular music. No Hogmanay was complete without him, but now he finds himself out of date and forgotten as tastes have moved on, and the country itself is changing around him. His daughter is an aspiring Scottish National Party MSP anxious to be part of an independent Scotland in which she sees no place for the traditional cosy view of the nation that her father represents…

This timely play is both a compelling human story and an exploration of what has been happening politically and culturally north of the border. And what that might mean for England and the English.

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For more information or to book call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Also at Finborough Theatre: Laburnum Grove.