PRETEND YOU HAVE BIG BUILDINGS

  • from PRETEND YOU HAVE BIG BUILDINGS, Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • from PRETEND YOU HAVE BIG BUILDINGS, photo: Jonathan Keenan

Performed in the Main House at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, July 2007

Winner of the Bruntwood Prize 2006.
‘an exceptional play… original, sophisticated, intelligent… and highly entertaining’ Brenda Blethyn, Bruntwood Playwriting Competition panel of judges.
‘Touching, funny and immensely assured.. Musgrave’s fresh take on forbidden desire in unforgiving surroundings races with a vitality all of its own…’ The Daily Telegraph.’
‘Musgrave has a bright future… this play has a scope and a sense of recent history that too many new plays lack’ Times
‘funny and tender’ The Guardian.

1995. Big buildings are rising in London’s Docklands. But marooned miles to the east, half-in and half-out of the city, Romford has not been invited to the party. Confused about its identity, the inhabitants of the ‘only town in London with its own ring road’ are trying to cope. The relationships they forge have painful implications, in this poetic and passionate play that explores growing up, identity and loss.
The play was directed by Sarah Frankcom and Jo Coombes. You can find out how to buy the playtext published by Nick Hern Books here.

Photographs by Jonathan Keenan