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 received its world premiere at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre in 1967. It now receives its English premiere and its first ever production since a production 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.