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Grover, Jim (British playwright, college lecturer, actor, 1948-____), “Pictures in Babcia’s Head,”

a 40-minute reminiscence in English, set on a split stage (1) interior, domestic kitchen and (2) space, representing England, Poland, Lebanon, showing three generations of history seen from Wanda’s birthday, 1999,

2f; • © 1999 by Jim Grover; • in Jim Grover's Pictures in Babcia's Head (London: The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Jim Grover, 8 Charlton King’s Road, London NW5 2SA, England, telephone (home) 0171 482 1063, e-mail jim@nakedtheatre.co.uk, www.nakedtheatre.co.uk. • Cited by Jim Grover, via ftp September 15, 1999; Grover says,

§ Dramatis Personae Wanda (f), 22, haunted; Babcia (f), 62, Wanda’s grandmother.

§ Synopsis “Wanda’s past and lack of belonging to any one place haunt her on her birthday. Why can’t she remember her early childhood? Her grandmother Babcia remembers all too clearly Wanda’s early childhood. She also clearly recalls her own childhood. Wanda is clear about another recollection, which disturbs her further. She went on a journey in her childhood, but she never had the full details given to her. Babcia recalls being displaced in World War II. Events from that experience recur, with Wanda assuming the role of her own mother. Wanda has heard the stories before but remains powerless to assert her own past. Babcia relates events of the past and present; they rehappen, the past and near-present merging with ease. The histories of the several generations start to split when Babcia assumes the role of Wanda’s mother and recognises her ‘little girl.’ Babcia brings Wanda to her senses, showing her that Wanda’s own memories are as strong as the ‘pictures’ Babcia has planted. Babcia fades into the background.

§ Comment “The action occurs on a split stage without changes of scenery, most of the action being imaginary. Production requirements are quite simple—two good actors! ‘Pictures in Babcia’s Head’ has been performed with live, onstage music by a guitarist who had attended all rehearsals and composed music for the play. The score is available upon request. • First performed at the Etcetera Theatre, London, July, 1998. Director, Robert Tomlinson; Wanda, Lyn Morgan; Babcia, Jennifer Lautrec; Musician, Chris Nettleton; Lighting, Dominic Burnham.”

§ Themes confusion, displacement, generation gap, haunting, Lebanon, memory, old age, Poland.

Jim Grover on London bus

See also Jim Grover’s

  • Angel Hair,” a 15-minute horror drama in English, set in a small English theatre, during a performance, 1999, 2m1f
  • Changes,” a 25-minute horror fantasy science-fiction in English, set in a laboratory, England, 1999, with recent flashbacks, 2m1f

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