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Writer : B S Johnson (A Digital Installation realised and directed by Tim Crouch)
Director : Tim Crouch
Designer : Giles Thacker (Video Designer)
Sound Designer : Thor McIntyre-Bernie



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

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We are delighted to announce that Angharad Jones has been appointed as our new Artistic Director Find out more

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TIM CROUCH DIRECTS HOUSE MOTHER NORMAL
A digital installation marking the 50th anniversary of BS Johnson's novel to premiere at this year's care themed Brighton Festival, curated by Lemn Sissay Find out more

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Announcing the release of our epic audio series. Starring Toby Jones, Josie Lawrence,  Michael Pennington Steven Rea,  Juliet Stevenson, among many others, PlacePrints, by the maverick writer David Rudkin, tells the haunted stories of ten locations across the UK Find out more