Friend (I may call you friend?), these are also our friends
Ron, Rosetta, Ivy, Charlie, Sioned and George. Under the watchful eye of House Mother, eight residents of the strangest care home recall their pasts and narrate their terrifying present: the twitcher, the song, the Christmas crackers, pass the parcel and Ralphie's 'long probing , red tongue'. Nine faces. Nine voices orchestrated into a spoken-word symphony of old age and absurdism.
In the early 1970s, BS Johnson was at the forefront of the English literary avant-garde. Marking its fiftieth anniversary this year, his celebrated novel House Mother Normal is given the equivalent of a digital remastering by 'the country's pre-eminent experimental playwright' (the Stage), Tim Crouch.
Produced by New Perspectives for the Brighton Festival, this filmed installation to experience both online and as a site specific installation.
"New Perspectives has been a pioneer during the theatre shutdown" Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
"Never sentimental, at once corrosive and elegiac, House Mother Normal is a remarkable achievement" New York Times (about the novel)
World Premiere - New Perspectives/Brighton Festival May/June 2021
Contains material that some might find offensive.
Photo: Amelda Brown; credit Robert Day Photography
Target audience age: 16yrs+
Running time: 42mins
New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.