Thu 28 Apr

Like You Were Before

by Debbie Pearson

Stoke Newington International Airport

“Debbie Pearson’s piece uses old video footage to explore the gap between the person she was in 2005 before she left her native Canada, and the person she is now. The person she was is a ghost behind the camera, never as in focus as the laughing female friends she will soon wave goodbye to; the person she is stands before us as flesh and blood. This piece is the crack in between the two.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Using a video from the last day she lived in Canada five years ago, Debbie Pearson attempts to re-insert herself into the frame, to re-tell the past. Her Herald Angel Award winning Like You Were Before is a show about moving forward backwards, that laments the fact that time can’t be put on pause, and about the tender fragility of both magnetic-media, and mental, storage.

Debbie Pearson is a playwright, director, theatre maker, and co-artistic director of Forest Fringe.

“a beautiful, accomplished, bittersweet and philosophical work on love, loss and memory” – The List


Like You Were Before by Deborah Pearson from londonwordfestival on Vimeo.



photo James Baster

Venue information

LWF 2010
LWF 2009
LWF 2008