It is said that home is where the heart is, but when war rips a young man from everything he knows and loves, will he be able to find his way back to what truly matters? In post-war rural France, following the devastation, physical and emotional, of WW II, a man moves his house, using only a cow and a cart, six kilometres to the other side of his village. Where he painstakingly re-builds his home. By hand. It takes him seven years. Why would anyone do such a thing? The war was won - could he now win the peace? History, secrets and painful truths collide in this astonishingly human, warm and emotive debut from writer George Costigan.
George Costigan has been a motor-parts storeman, a trainee accountant, another trainee accountant (both failed) a steel-worker, an insurance clerk, a wood-cutter, a bookseller, a record salesman, a book-keeper for a wedding-dress business - and then someone asked him to be in a play. College followed and a career that started in children's theatre, then took in Butlins Repetory Theatre in Filey and eventually landed him at the Liverpool Everyman theatre. It was here he met some hugely influential people - Chris Bond, Alan Bleasedale, Alan Dossor and above all, Julia North. His acting career has included working with Sally Wainwright, Willy Russell, Alan Clarke and Clint Eastwood. He has directed Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite, and his writing for the stage includes several Liverpool Everyman pub shows and 'Trust Byron', for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the 1990 Edinburgh Festival. He and Julia North have three sons and one grandson.