home is not the place

‘…rich in historical significance, and full of contemporary echoes…exceptionally powerful.’    THE SCOTSMAN ****

Annie George, Home is not the Place, Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Home is Not the Place, a powerful, poetic solo show, evolved from a quest by award-winning Keralan-born, Scottish artist Annie George to uncover her creative roots. The play tells the remarkable story of the short life and lost work of Annie’s Indian grandfather, writer PM John, in the years just before India’s independence from British rule in 1947.

Where does the desire to reach beyond the everyday, to communicate and share our thoughts and stories, come from? Is it in our DNA? How does the creative act transform us? Drawn from family memories, John’s surviving work, published history, and authentic, contemporaraneous accounts, Annie unwinds a tale of personal and political independence, across three generations in one family, immigrants and pioneers of sorts, in search of ‘who we are, what we are, what we believe’.

Annie says:

‘Writing this play was a way of getting to know my grandfather who’d died long before I was born. It revealed more than I knew of the family’s history, connecting my Indian heritage across five generations to my Indian-Scots children and grandson. There were no other artists in my family apart from him, and had little encouragement in my artistic pursuits. It can be lonely . So, imagine what it was like for him, coming from a poor family in a little village in rural South India of the 1930s, where no one wrote or published books as he did. And because he wrote, seventy five years after PM John died, I could bring him back, as he lives on through his words. We each have – and have the right – to tell our stories, however we can. Our way. If we don’t, our stories will be told and owned by others, and then it would be as if we never existed. As I say in the play, ‘we are history, poured out on to fragile pages’.

Next performances:

Edinburgh Fringe 3-27 Aug, as part of the Made in Scotland showcase, Summerhall Venue 26

‘…an autobiographical, poignant and beautiful account of lineage, identity and what makes home, home’.  EDINBURGH GUIDE ****

‘…the toying of language from George is a masterclass in the spoken word…’  THE REVIEWS HUB

Director: Gerry Mulgrew

Composer/Sound Design: Niroshini Thambar

Design: Morvern Mulgrew

AV/Stage Technician: Eve Allan

Producer: Diljeet Kaur Bhachu

Supported by The National Theatre of Scotland, and The Meadows Award

Screenshot 2022-05-31 at 23.59.23 good