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I Have Been Here Before

I Have Been Here Before
Written by J.B. Priestley
Directed by John McLaren
11 – 16 September 2006

This play proposes that we repeat our lives constantly in a sort of spiral, but that we are able to change if we begin to understand the forces that govern us. A British wife, her elderly husband and her lover meet a German professor at an inn in Yorkshire. His probing questions reveal that they are unhappy and confused. They have played out their scene many times, always ending in suicide and poverty. The professor warns them that they must now break the pattern.


Sally Pratt – Helen Gaston
Sam Shipley – John Hyde
Dr. Gortler – Colin Bailey
Oliver Farrant – Steve Padgham
Janet Ormund – Kirsty Duncombe
Walter Ormund – John Hart


Set Design – Roger Hodge
Set Construction – Albert Tilbury, Trevor Jeffries, Roger Butler, Martin Asher
Scenic Art – Graeme Horner
Stage Manager – Amy Waters
Lighting Design and Control – Wendi Freeman
Sound Design – Dave Micklethwaite
Sound Control – Michael Cooper
Continuity – Betty Bailey
Properties and Set Dressing – Molly Graham
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall
Wigs – Christine Angell
Photography – Kim Brett, Fred Ruffell
Furnishings – Baileys of Barnehurst