Eliza's House

Eliza's House $12.99

Brendan Murray

Published by Samuel French Ltd

1 Male 2 Female

Eliza Metcalf's one dream was to be a violinist, but her family's poverty robbed her of the chance

When her son was old enough to learn she transferred her ambition to him

But the boy didn't want to be different from his peers, didn't want to be seen as a snob

Eliza's House opens with the son returning home after a long absence

Eliza herself is in hospital and he has come to collect his violin in order to sell it

But he has not reckoned on meeting the eleven year-old girl who has befriended his mother, nor on the flood of memories this encounter produces in him and which we see enacted by his younger self

The clash of parents and children, the pull of the past, the force of memory, the bittersweet nature of love - these are all themes of this delicate and moving drama, winner of the Arts Council Children's Award for 2001

Running time - about an hour

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