Glue is a gripping true story by award-winning poet, playwright and performer Louise Wallwein whose ground-breaking work allows us to reflect on our own sense of familial identity. Her acclaimed one-woman show, Glue, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 Drama on 30th September 2017 in advance of a much-anticipated run at Ovalhouse this October.
This comedic live art performance, fuelled by rhythmic poetry, is about getting to grips with our family relationships and, therefore, our identities.
Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned – what can we learn from a life in care? Having grown up in the care of nuns from the age of nine, Glue tells the true story of Louise Wallwein’s first meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. The world as she knew it was turned upside down and this is how she learnt to fight and dance.
Wallwein is currently under commission from the National Theatre Wales and is a featured poet for Hull’s City of Culture, BBC and Humber Mouth Contains Strong Language Literature Festival.
Director Susan Roberts comments, Louise is an explosive artist with a gripping, personal story about the care system and we’re delighted to bring the show to Ovalhouse with Time Won’t Wait, who are both renowned for bringing social issues to the forefront of their work.
In addition to the run at Ovalhouse, Glue is supporting the advocacy of National Care Leavers week with outreach activity supporting the performances. Glue will be dramatised on 29th September by Julie Hesmondhalgh and Fiona Clark with a live performance broadcast from Hull’s Contains Strong Language Festival on Saturday 30th September on BBC Radio 4 Drama. There will also be workshops in partnership with the National Theatre and Ovalhouse during the Ovalhouse run and a special performance at the House of St Barnabus in Soho Tuesday 11th October at 7.30pm following a workshop with the club’s members and alumni participants. Glue is also part of And What? Queer Arts Festival.