Plays Directory : I Have Been Here Before

Welcome to The Mandy Network Plays Directory.

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    JB Priestly
  • Written
    1937
  • Setting
    An inn on the Yorkshire Moors on Whitsuntide weekend
  • Overview
    J.B. Priestley's "time" play of 1937 is based upon an idea propounded by the mystic P.D. Ouspensky, that the individual soul achieves progress or suffers degeneration not through living a succession of lives, but through living the same life a number of times over – a sort of Groundhog Cosmology. In I Have Been Here Before, the mysterious incomer, that Priestley staple – here, the rumpled, abrasive Dr Görtler – turns out to be able to remember events from his last time around, and to have come to this inn on the Yorkshire Moors on this Whitsuntide weekend to prevent the unhappily married Ormunds and uneasy young schoolmaster Farrant from doing something they have already regretted in several previous cycles of existence.

    There is a knot of interconnected people, an inexorable chain of events recounted by a stranger, the chance to avert those events before they happen.

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