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One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne

29 May - 3 June 2023

“I am scared, that once this war is over, and I am sent home, that you won’t be here. That you might be gone.”

Leonard and Violet, young, restless, and in love, spend their first night together knowing it may also be their last. It’s 1942 and, in a hotel room in Bath, they dream of their future while preparing for Leonard’s departure to the war. But the bombs begin to fall and their world will never be the same again.
In the year 2002, the couple looks back at what might have been.

Written by Nick Payne
Director Connor McCrory
Designer Laura Mugford
Produced by Just a Regular House

Laura Mugford
Joseph Ryan-Hughes

Nick Payne’s One Day When We We’re Young premiered at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, in October 2011 in a Paines Plough and Sheffield Theatres production as part of the first Roundabout Season.

This production has been licensed by arrangement with Curtis Brown Group Ltd.

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Reviews for One Day When We Were Young


Lightening changes of period spanning the decades from 1942, are brilliantly achieved


in short, it’s a deeply humanising production.

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