Louise Wallwein grew up in the care of nuns from the age of 9. GLUE is a frank and gripping true story of her meeting her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. The world as she knew it is was turned upside down, and this is how she learnt to fight back

Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned.  What can we learn from a life in care? 
Celebrating her first performance in 15 years, GLUE is a comedic live art performance fuelled by rhythmic poetry.

As well as a five star show, Glue is a best selling book and hit radio drama starring Louise directed by Sue Roberts for BBC Radio 4. featuring performances by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Fiona Clarke and Eileen O’Brien.


 “Wallwein is a fine performer… She is fierce, funny, self-deprecating, warm, tough and sometimes very small indeed, showing her vulnerability.”
Ailís Ní Ríain - Playwright

“The writing, which was the core, was top notch, weaving from conversational script to poetry to storytelling & back again. Beautiful, complex, strong work.”
Michelle Green - Writer

“Privileged to experience such an engaging, poetic & heartfelt piece'
Audience Feedback

“Spellbinding storytelling"
Audience Feedback

“The performance, mixing monologue, performance poetry, dialogue, & interloping factual information was impressive, riveting”.
The Monthly


Writer & Performer Louise Wallwein
Director Susan Roberts
Music & Sound Jaydev Mistry
Movement Direction & Photography Benji Reid


production details

Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval) 
GLUE is available for national touring in 2018.
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Tech Specifications

Commissioned by

- Commissioned by Z-arts
- Co-commissioned by hAb for Domestic II


supported by

- The Royal Exchange, Manchester
- Contact Theatre, Manchester
- Reform Radio, BBC Arts, Sheffield Town Trust