One Day When We Were Young

by Nick Payne

I am actually incredibly scared. And not how you might think. I am scared, that once this war is over, and I am sent home, that you won’t be here. That you will have left.

When Leonard and Violet embark on their first night together, they know it also might be their last. It’s 1942 and in a small hotel room in Bath, the couple prepare for Leonard’s departure to war, and dream of what the future may bring. As the bombs begin to fall, they know their world won’t ever be the same again.

But the world keeps turning and in the year 2002, the couple must decide what was lost and what was gained.

A new play about the impact of the Second World War on two ordinary lives and a love that spans more than sixty years.

Part of The Roundabout Season

The first performance of One Day When We Were Young took place on 5th October 2011 at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield.

A Paines Plough, Shoreditch Town Hall and Sheffield Theatres production.

Creative Team


Nick Payne


Clare Lizzimore


Lucy Osborne


Emma Chapman


Adrienne Quartly

Associate Lighting

Josh Carr

Associate Sound

Tom Gibbons


Imogen Knight


Andrew Sheridan

Maia Alexander