We used to wait


The person sat next to you offers you their hand. You take it and then notice that everyone else in the room has begun holding hands too. A man starts to speak.

He says:

“Hello everybody, my name is…”

Moving through moments of playful interaction, participation and celebration, We Used To Wait explores what it means to be ‘live’ and present together in an increasingly digital world. We Used To Wait invites its audience to question why falling asleep on a stranger’s shoulder, playing a spontaneous game and feeling the wind of someone run past you might be important.

A rectangle of chairs. Audience and performers sat side by side. No set. Just us together. And a gentle invitation to interact…

“Here I am. Here we are. Here we go.”

Provocative, surprising, blisteringly original and, by the end, beautifully celebratory.
— Mike Tweddle, Artistic Director, Tobacco Factory Theatre

Created by Massive Owl.

Performed by Jenny Duffy, Jack Jago, Sam Powell and Danny Prosser.


Supported by Arts Council England, Live Theatre, ARC Stockton Arts Centre and Theatre in the Mill.

Performed at Live Collision International Festival (Dublin), Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (Gateshead), Fringe TheatreFest (Barnstaple), Assemble at Antwerp Mansion (Manchester), Slunglow's The HUB (Leeds), Derelict '14 at UCLAN (Preston), Camden People’s Theatre (London), Create Festival for Salford University (Salford) and Bristol Biennial Festival (Bristol).


Photography by Richard Kenworthy & Fiona Morgan