HERE I BELONG by Matt Hartley
directed by Jason Lambert
26 - 28 April 2018 New Hall,
Cobham Village Hall
Cobham Players was privileged to be the first amateur dramatic group in the country to
stage this new play, first performed in October 2016 by the Pentabus Rural Theatre Company.
In "Here I Belong" the story moves from 1953 through to the present day in a moving,
charming play about village life and the right to grow old in your own home.
The setting throughout is the village hall in the fictional village of Woodside.
Elsie (Scene 1 (1953): age 27. Scene 2 (1979): age 53. Scene 3 (1998): age 72. Scene 4 (2016): age 90.
Elsie has lived in the village for sixty years. She has seen elections, weddings, wars, people coming, people going. The village
is where her daughter grew up, it’s where her husband died and it’s where she’s going to stay.
Dorothy (Scene 1: age 27) Elsie's friend
Marion (Scene 2: age 26) Dorothy's daughter
Scarlett (Scene 3: age 29) A newcomer to the village
Katie Reed (Scene 4: age 27) Elsie's carer
1953: Eslie: Megan Castle Dorothy: Sophie Johnstone
1979: Elsie: Nicky Hall Marion: Beth Barrett
1998: Elsie: Mary Taylor Scarlett: Natasha Roberts
2016: Elsie: Victoria Franklin Katie: Tanya Isaiah