Come To Where I’m From – Watford
Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, we’re podcasting a collection of short plays about a particular area of the UK, written and read by playwrights. Collectively, the plays form Come To Where I’m From, a theatrical tapestry that asks whether home is truly where the heart is.
There’s an article on the Guardian website about the project by our artistic directors here.
Today, we’re taken around Watford by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Adam Taylor, neighbouring Welyn Garden City by Glyn Maxwell and nearby Toddington by Guy Jones. We co-commissioned Gurpreet, Adam, Glyn and Guy with our good friends at Watford Palace Theatre, where we first presented the plays.
You can read about Gurpreet, Adam and Guy’s favourite bits of the areas they grew up in below and listen to their plays here – LISTEN NOW TO COME TO WHERE I’M FROM – WATFORD.
A guide to the favourite places of where we’re from – by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Adam Taylor and Guy Jones
The High Street (Watford). Often vaguely reminiscent of a warzone but you’re always guaranteed an eventful night out. [at]
Cassiobury Park (Watford). Just the most beautiful place. [gkb]
The Harlequin Centre (Watford). A huge collection of shops in a very odd-shaped building with a seemingly endless number of multi-storey car parks attached. [at]
Watford Football Club (Watford). Some of my happiest memories as a child. [gkb]
Bushey Grove Leisure Centre (Watford). A airly new leisure centre with fantastic facilities. I get beaten regularly in the squash league here and then literally drown my sorrows in the pool. [at]
The Essex Arms (Watford). A great place to have a quiet drink with friends. Anyone up to and including the age of 50 will be asked for ID and the quiz night is impossibly difficult. [at]
The big cemetery on Vicarage Road (Watford). I used to spend hours reading the gravestones. [gkb]
There really aren’t three things to do in Toddington (apart from visit the Church, have tea at the Manor and go to one of our 9 pubs). [gj]
Tomorrow, come to…Coventry.