When We Were Women

3 September 2015 — 3 October 2015

An Orange Tree Theatre and Snapdragon co-production

Best Director | Best Designer | Best Lighting Designer

Glasgow, 1943. A city of falling bombs, dark corners and whispered secrets.

In the blitzed blacked-out streets, a naval officer walks into Isla’s life and sweeps her off her feet.

But by 1944, Isla is fighting a war of her own – with her tempestuous mother, Maggie. As lives become inexorably entwined, the officer’s past is in real danger of destroying the family’s future.

The first major revival of a poignant, poetic drama, Sharman Macdonald’s play is an evocative portrayal of family life in Second World War Glasgow, first seen at the National Theatre nearly thirty years ago. 

Sharman Macdonald is the writer of plays including the award-winning When I Was A Girl I Used to Scream and Shout and The Winter Guest, which became a film directed by Alan Rickman. She also wrote the screenplay for The Edge of Love with Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys.

Eleanor Rhode’s recent work includes Toast and Thark at the Park Theatre, and more recently the World Premiere of Teddy at Southwark Playhouse. She is Artistic Director of Snapdragon, whose recent productions have also included Accolade at St James Theatre, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

Running time approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)

Photos by Ben Broomfield