Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781783190010
Binding: PaperBack

I Didn't Always Live Here

Stewart Conn


'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. 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 world premiere at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre in 1967.

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ISBN13 9781783190010
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96



‘quietly enjoyable and beautifully observed’ Guardian

‘the sort of tender, understated play that reads beautifully on the page’ Time Out

‘a touching tale of loss, loneliness, and hope…charming, and oddly uplifting in its humanity, despite the bleakness that often permeates the lives of the characters’ What’s On Stage

‘Conn is not afraid to tug at our heartstrings in a piece that intersperses [an] old women’s memories with present day…spiced with dry Glaswegian wit’ The Stage