It is Catherine's twenty-first birthday. Still clinging to her obsessive timetable, she revists her childhood home. With words hoarded from eight years ago, she is ready to uncover her shocking past, to talk to her family at last.
But Catherine cannot speak.....
Meeting Myself Coming Back is a tragic and funny play with isolation, identity and the search for a language of survival. It opened at the Soho Theatre, London in July 2002.
‘The poet Craig Raine famously captured the strangeness of everyday objects in A Martian Sends A Postcard Home. Kerry Hood achieves the same effect…The value of the piece is the insight that it gives into the half-life led by the semi-institutionalised. Here, there is something to be both seen and heard.’ Sunday Times
‘Hood says something enormous: that life is there for the living.’ The Guardian
‘Imagine one of Beckett’s no-hopers clambering out of her sack, dustbin or urn and letting language gamely rip…’ The Times
‘Touching, funny and ultimately tragic.’ Sunday Times Critics Choice
‘Beautifully written…Hood’s script is often demanding…slick, shocking, frequently funny and very moving.’ Metro
‘What marks out Hood’s new drama is its feel for the serpentine twists and turns of language’s ironies [and] great skill in manipulating the ebb and flow of words’ meanings.’ Evening Standard
‘There is something breathtaking about the Soho Theatre’s newly commissioned play, not least the standard of the writing…while emotionally wrenching and ultimately devastating, Hood’s incredibly powerful play rewards the efforts on all fronts.’ Whatsonstage.com
‘This is an extremely intense and sometimes excruciatingly moving account of what it is like to live without love, and on the outside of what is considered ‘normal’ social discourse…Hood has an unusual and incredibly compelling dramatic voice.’ What’s On In London
‘…a fine mix of linguistic inventiveness and fractured narrative…wonderfully written play.’ Aleks Sierz, Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today