HOME HINDRANCE

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2007: A site-specific theatre piece and web-based film performed in David Leddy’s own flat at the top of a Glasgow tower block.

There are only six people allowed in the audience each night, making for an intimate and intense night out as they are led through the flat, finding a different actor in each room. This emotionally compelling piece weaves together such diverse themes as chronic sickness, soft porn magazines, weird Japanese food and ‘SOS’ by Abba.

In Home Hindrance, life at the top of a Glasgow tower block becomes melded with life on board the international space station, which can be seen on clear nights from the bedroom window. The play takes a semi-autobiographical look at the writer’s own experience of living with a chronically sick partner for the last five years. At the same time, the piece investigates the degree to which any play is ‘based on a true story’ and the problematic ethics of writing about the lives of people close to you. Oh, it’s a love story too.

After the closing night of the live show, the piece was made available as a high quality downloadable film on this page (see thumbnails).

★★★★ 'Richly poetic... haunting... exceptional... superb... mind-blowingly fine writing and acting' The Scotsman
★★★★ 'Unique... Leddy articulates grief's differing voices, creating a touching requiem for the living' The Guardian
★★★★ ‘ Timeless… memorable… clever… Our proximity to members of the fine cast is like a secular version of a medieval audience member feeling the heat of Christ’s body as he passes during a passion play.’ Sunday Herald
★★★★ ‘As we leave the flat there’s a distinct feeling that we’ve shared in something much realer than reality’ The List
★★★★ ‘Intimate, tender and poignant… a moving portrait of lives lived and, just as importantly, a life lost. ‘ Metro

Previous Presentations

World Premiere
1st – 19th May 2007, David Leddy's flat in Glasgow's west end.

Creative Team

Written by DAVID LEDDY

Directed by MATTHEW LENTON

Performers:
Joanna - GOWAN CALDER
Tommy - BRIAN CONAGHAN
Eammon - PAUL THOMAS HICKEY
Natasha - LOUISE LUDGATE,
Leah - CLARE YUILLE
Rory - ALAN SAWERS.