“Days Like These”

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“Days Like These” was written for anyone who was ever 17.

“You see the play is about this woman, this woman looking for a girl… and we’re running out of time….this play it’s not going anywhere, we’re not going anywhere….these characters aren’t going to change, its like they are stuck to the page”

Drawing on the autobiographical memory of performing ‘Susan’ from David Hare’s play Plenty  when she was 17, this performance plays out seemingly forever, repeating and reliving the memory of that certain time in everyone’s life, which can be so hard to let go of, over and over again.

This play is about what  happens if we can’t let go of the past, each repetition of memory becoming an echo of the previous one, each time failing to adequately re-capture that feeling of being 17.

The performance skilfully plays between performative register’s opening with and slipping back into naturalism whilst dipping into and between more contemporary (direct address, performance art, stand up) performance styles. This play is as much about questioning and revealing the modes and registers of theatre as it is about history, memory, loss and grief.

“It left us far less certain but far wiser than when we entered… there were moments of    transcendence where we were all lost in the moment” – audience feedback Jan 2012.

LINKS

“Days Like These” – Artist’s Documentation

A short clip-show taken from a filmed dress rehearsal of “Days Like These”. from Gemma Alldred on Vimeo.

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