Deborah Bruce's play The House They Grew Up In is about a co-dependent relationship between a reclusive brother and a sister, and how they cope when the world bursts in on them. It was first performed at Chichester Festival Theatre (in the Minerva Theatre) in a co-production with Headlong on 14 July 2017.
The play is set in the present day, in the interiors of two adjacent houses on a Victorian terraced street in South East London. The house where reclusive siblings Peppy and Daniel (both now in their forties) were born is now stuffed full of everything they have ever owned. This hoard, their eccentric appearance, and their overgrown garden hedge set them conspicuously apart from others on their road. When 8-year-old Ben visits from next door, he is simply looking for friendship; but the closeness that develops between Ben and Daniel is misinterpreted, heralding the arrival of the police, an angry mother, predatory property hunters and even a snooping photographer.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production was directed by Jeremy Herrin and designed by Max Jones. It was performed by Samantha Spiro (as Peppy), Daniel Ryan (as Daniel), Leonardo Dickens and Rudi Millard (as Ben), Michelle Greenidge, Matt Sutton, Mary Stockley, Matt Sutton, Philip Wright, Daisy Fairclough, Michelle Greenidge and Philip Wright.