Saturday 6 March 1993 to Saturday 13 March 1993 (8 performances)
at Hampton Court Theatre, Hampton Court House, Surrey, United Kingdom
A dear friend of mine rang at that moment - had I read her new novel a copy of which she'd kindly sent to me - no I hadn't - I hadn't had time - "I'm up to my ears in a new play", I lied to make her feel better. She hung up. I returned to typewriter knowing I would not finish the telly script that day - I had the dreaded writers' block. I put a clean piece of paper into my machine, typed the title "Home Before Dark" for no other reason than that I liked the sound of it and by eleven o'clock that night I'd written several scenes of the first act. Don't ask me how or why that happens - don't ask any writer why these things happen - they just do! All I can say is that I'm grateful to Eric and to YAT for releasing something which had obviously been simmering away in the dark recesses of my brain waiting to be put down on paper and then brought to life by this exceptionally talented company of young actors.
No, the play is not about me at all - but it is about people I knew and loved all those years ago in Oldham and District...people who although on the surface appeared to have very little were always happy, always laughing - people from whom I learned so much about the simple art of living. I did eventually finish the soap script but as yet I haven't read my friend's novel - perhaps tomorrow.
Jimmie Chinn - March 1993Home Before Dark - The Saga of Miss Edie Hill
by Jimmie Chinn