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Glue by Louise Wallwein

Glue is a comedic live art performance fuelled by rhythmic poetry. It's a show about getting to grips with our family relationships and therefore our identities.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Tue 3 Oct – Sat 7 Oct, 7:30pm

Running time: 70 minutes (no interval)

Venue: Downstairs

Louise Wallwein grew up in the care of nuns from the age of 9. GLUE is a frank and gripping true story of her first meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. The world as she knew it was turned upside down, and this is how she learnt to fight. 

Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned. 
What can we learn from a life in care? 

"Wallwein...blends gritty dialogue with poetry, which is both appealing and immediate" - What’s On Stage

“Beautiful, complex, strong work” - Michelle Green Writer

Suitable for ages: 12+

On Friday 6 Oct the performance will be BSL-interpreted by Jacqui Beckford.

Louise says: 

"Last year I did a project for Stockport and one the groups I worked with was in a deaf center. Straight away conversations really resonated around missing members of their families. Delving deeper into this it turned out that whole generations of deaf people had been removed from their families and sent to residential schools, experiencing the same amount of detachment from families as kids in care. Everyone in the room was estranged from someone in their family. This deaf club world is so hidden from view and it took getting to know that community to know we share common experiences. That I saw them."


*JUST ANNOUNCED: The award winning Cultural Producer Chardine TaylorStone @misschazmatazz Feminist & Activist. Lesbian femme. Founder #blackgirlspicnic Is hosting a post-show with Louise Wallwein after Saturday's performance of Glue. Admission included with ticket.


  • Tue 3 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Wed 4 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Thu 5 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Fri 6 Oct, 7:30pm
  • Sat 7 Oct, 7:30pm

Written and performed by Louise Wallwein

Directed by Susan Roberts

Live music by Jaydev Mistry

Movement direction Benji Reid

Additional information

Produced by Time Won’t Wait. Developed with funding from Arts Council England.

Photographer’s Credit: Benji Reid

The show is programmed as part of National Care Leavers Week and is also part of And What? Queer Arts Festival. 

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