There’s a photo that the British artist Richard Billingham took of his mother, Ray’s A Laugh. She sitting on a dingy couch, smoking a cigarette, drinking a drink, and patiently, quietly, fitting together an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Inspired by this photo and my own love of puzzles, I developed this play to explore the way we use the metaphor of a jigsaw to piece together parts of our lives that are sometimes difficult to understand.
I’ve always been a fan of people watching. Who isn’t? To sit quietly in a park or at a cafe table and watch the world go by, guessing at the lives of those that pass you by. But what about those assumptions we make? What about when someone else’s passing judgments of you have a direct impact on your life?