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Once Was Home

On Saturday August 19th 2006, the Open Secret Season played host to
Once Was Home, a programme of short pieces written by Dan Horrigan and directed by Rosie Lawrence. A packed house enjoyed the sequence of biting, humorous, provocative and moving shorts.

Previously produced at the Landor Theatre in 2001, Once Was Home was
Dan Horrigan's first play, and was a winner in the Critical Stage Company Playwriting Competition 2001. This new production ran at London's
The Space in July 2006 before its one-performance only revival at the
Open Secret Season.

The running order of Once Was Home is as follows:

If My Heart Were A Camera, I'd Shoot True Love, in which an accomplished photographer struggles with her employers' willingness to popularise the atrocities she has witnessed.

Pearls Before Swine is a short piece that shows a young soldier in the first World War who uses his final moments to reflect on the decisions that led to his being executed for desertion.

No More Knives follows a mother trying to save herself and her baby from an army intent on a genocidal culling.

Face deals with the physical symptoms brought about by heartbreak.

Alexander Gatehouse
Catherine Houston Eyers
Emily Carter
Robert Carragher

Lighting designer: Sam Hunt
Writer: Dan Horrigan
Director: Rosie Lawrence

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