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Under Us All

July 4th, 2013


Verbatim play based on academic research


Under Us All, a new one-man theatre production, offers an opportunity to hear stories from three generations of a Tyneside Irish family. A grandfather, father and son’s testimonies explore how industry, family, work and community have changed over the decades. Where their stories touch the shifting attitudes between the generations becomes clear.

The piece has been inspired by interviews with a real family living in Hebburn. The audience is at once an invisible witness of the action whilst being an integral part of the set, as they are given the opportunity to have a window into the everyday lives of a North East family.

Audience Feedback & Reviews

“Thoughtful provoking original material.”


“A very interesting way of discovering the past and how we lived. We could learn a lot from people’s lives and how to change for the better.”

“There are moments of humour, some wry, some subtle and some laugh-out-loud funny, but it is the retelling of the minutiae of everyday life across three generations which appeals, not least because it reflects to some extent the lives and experience of us all.” – British Theatre Guide

Longlisted for the NCCPE Engage Competition 2014 – “demonstrated the power of the theatre to engage people with research”.

The Team

Produced by Katy Vanden for Cap-a-Pie

Directed and Scripted by Gwilym Lawrence

Performed by Gordon Poad

Based on research by Dr. Michael Richardson. Michael worked with us extensively and we formed a truly collaborative relationship across the disciplines of theatre and academia. Michael’s article on his experience of using theatre within a research project is available online – “Theatre as a safe space?”.

Thanks to our Funders



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