Reference Number (Click this to reveal full catalogue structure)WJH
TitleWatching : The Jim Hitchmough Collection


DescriptionCollection relating to 'Watching' by Jim Hitchmough, containing rehearsal and camera scripts, storylines and other materials related to the play and later television series 'Watching' alongside other works by Jim Hitchmough and associated materials.
Watching was written by Jim Hitchmough as a two handed play, and was directed by Tony Mullholland opening at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio in February 1986. Watching was set in Merseyside, following the relationship between Brenda from Liverpool and Malcolm from Meols. The play was well received, with the Liverpool Echo citing it as ‘a steadfast case for more plays about ordinary people’. The show later transferred to London’s Bush Theatre, where it also received mainly positive reviews. The play was later produced at the Everyman Theatre in 1995, directed by Noreen Kershaw and starring Gaynor Spearitt and David Cole as Brenda and Malcolm (see EVT/P/000259, EVT/PG/000181, EVT/POS/000208, EVT/PR/000099).
The play became the basis for a television show, broadcast on Granada Television between 1987 and 1993, with the first episode reflecting the first half of the play, and later series following the development of the characters. The TV series starred Paul Brown and Emma Wray as Malcolm Stoneway and Brenda Wilson. A novelisation of the TV series was made in 1990, see WJH/W/000024 and EVT/R/000016.
AdminHistoryThis collection includes working draft, revised, correction, rehearsal and camera scripts for 'Watching' alongside other work by Jim Hitchmough, and a number of theatre programmes that had belonged to Jim Hitchmough.
CustodialHistoryThe collection was donated to LJMU in 2017 by Maeve Hitchmough.
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