Louise Wallwein


Presented by Word of Warning, The Guinness Partnership during Domestic II

In Brief

The true story of Louise Wallwein and her first two meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. The audience is invited to share a very private first reunion, but also the subsequent more public second meeting.

Venue + Booking Details, for Domestic II

Dates: Thursday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015, 7.30pm; Saturday 26 September 2015 12noon-5pm
Venue: Matthias Court, off Cannon Street, Salford, M3 6JD — a 7 minute walk from Chapel Street / Salford Cathedral, a 13 minute walk to Salford Central Railway Station, and a 20 minute walk to Opera House on Quay Street.
Tickets: Evening Performances can be booked online via We Got Tickets (10% booking fee applies) OR reserved over the phone 07581 299 439 (leave a message + we’ll get back to you); remaining tickets will be available at Matthias Court (cash only) just before the performances.

Access Information

As a sited event, Domestic II presents a number of access challenges please see front page for details.
Age advisory: 12+ For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 07581 299 439.


There I was, tipped to be one to watch after doing a show on the wings of an aeroplane a year earlier. 1999, my life was moving in the right direction – a career, a new home and a new girlfriend.
Louise grew up in care from the age of nine and Glue shows both her fierce independence and emotional vulnerability alongside each other. In one scene she reads from her actual social service file. The monologue is truth, no artifice. Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned… There is plenty of humour and beautiful imagery.

This is rare story of a prodigal daughter returning to her family and the slow realisation that she will never be part of it. She must build her own.

Part of the story takes place in Salford and Louise is looking forward to taking it back to the community there.

Originally a short monologue commissioned by Liz O’Neill of Z-Arts for Family Matters and The Royal Exchange to explore the modern family and to see how these contemporary models can be better served in theatre. Glue has already moved and inspired many people in a short form.

Who are they?

Louise Wallwein is an award winning Poet/Playwright/Film maker from Manchester. Her career took off in 1998 when she performed an award winning one-woman show on the wing of a WW2 Shackleton reconnaissance aircraft in the Air and Space gallery in MOSI.

She has been Poet in Residence of Queensland, Australia 2006 and Writer in Residence Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture Winnipeg, Canada 2014.

She is very proud of her work in Communities and Schools, and has worked with thousands of people in many different contexts to find and develop their voice. She has made 16 films. Most recently she turned a former Council House into a text based sound installation with women in Breightmet, Bolton.

Director Susan Roberts (Sony Gold and Bronze, Amnesty International Award) has directed over 200 radio plays for BBC R3 & R4. Director of Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster by Simon Armitage – The Royal Exchange won the Manchester Theatre award for best studio production 2012.

Musician Jaydev Mistry has been a part of the Manchester music scene for over 20 years. He is a guitarist, percussionist and music technologist and has collaborated with artists such as Nitin Sawhney (session 72: Contact Theatre) + the Kaliphz. Jaydev has performed in many bands including Timeless Love Orchestra, Giddy + B.B and Me, performing in venues including Band on the Wall, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Exchange, the Pompidou Centre + the Hackney Empire. Jaydev also specialises in composition and sound design for theatrical productions, and has been commissioned by companies such as Red Ladder Theatre Company, Theatre in the Mill, Greater Manchester Music Action Zone + BBC R4.


Written + performed by Louise Wallwein | Directed by Susan Roberts | Music + Sound by Jaydev Mistry | Commissioned by Z-arts + the Royal Exchange for Family Matters, this re-development has been co-commissioned by hÅb for Domestic II.


http://louisewallwein.tumblr.com | @LouiseWallwein

Domestic II

Thurday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015
at Matthias Court, M3 6JD [on Google Maps]
Thu 24 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, booking essential
Fri 25 Sep, 7pm + 10pm. £3 (both sold-out)
Fri 25 Sep, 7.30pm. £5 (sold-out)
Sat 26 Sep, 12noon-5pm. FREE, no need to book
Sat 26 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, low availability