Like You Were Before

BAC, Forest Fringe, The Arches, Shunt, Ustinov Studio

“Deborah 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

Debbie Pearson’s Herald Award winning “Like You Were Before” is a new work developed at BAC and the Arches, recently returning from a sold out run in Edinburgh at Forest Fringe. Using a video from the last day she lived in Canada five years ago, she attempts (unsuccessfully) to re-insert herself into the frame, creating a show that laments the fact that time keeps going. This is a show about moving forwards backwards. The piece combines Pearson’s skill in storytelling and language as a playwright with her passion for performance and innovation as a live artist. The final product appears both fragile and skillfully crafted.

“**** As a whole this is a beautiful, accomplished, bittersweet and philosophical work on love, loss and memory.” The List

Winner of a Herald Angel, Shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Innovation and the Arches Brick Award

“Debbie Pearson’s little gem comes home. A touching reflection on female intimacy and memory.” David Micklem, joint artistic director of BAC