MARTHA, housebound and chatting to her budgie, and AMIE with her handed-down family Bible, are neighbours in a Glasgow tenement, each hemmed in and with very different memories of the past, MARTHA's dominated by her husband JACK and a sense of loss, which she confronts with humour and wry resilience.  A colourful array of characters, past and present, heighten the emotional impact of the play – which has been described as a hymn to aspects of Glasgow itself.

 I Didn’t Always Live Here was first performed in the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre on 18th April 1967, with the following cast:

Martha
Irene Sunters
Amie
Rosamund Burne
Ellen
Anne Kidd
Jack
James Copeland
Workman
James Gibson
His Mate
Angus Macaulay
Francis Duggan
Dermot Tuohy
Burly Jim
Walter Jackson
Chick
Harry Walker
MacWhurrie
Roy Boutcher

Director
Michael Meacham

Presented by Glottenbal Productions in association with
Neil MacPherson, the play opened at the Finborough Theatre, London on 27th March 2013.  Cast:

Martha
Jenny Lee
Amie
Eileen Nicholas
Ellen
Alice Haig
Jack
Carl Prekopp
Slater
Lewis Rae
Mate
James Robinson
Francis Duggan
Ross F. Sutherland
Burly Jim
Cameron Harris
Chick
Christopher Birch
MacWhurrie
Joshua Manning

Director
Lisa Blair
Designer
Alex Marker
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