Adaptor 1 Mortimer, John
Adaptor 2 Atienza, Edward
Date of First Production
Title When That I Was...
Place of First Production
National Arts Centre, English Theatre, Ottawa
Performance History
2012, May 24th - June 4th
Vertigo Theatre, Calgary, Alberta

Director: Vanessa Porteous
Producer: Iam Coulter
Set/Lights/Costume Design: Terry Gunvordahl
Sound Design: Peter Moller
Stage Manager: Tuled Giovanazzi

Jack Rice: Christopher Hunt


Arrata Opera Centre, Calgary, Alberta


1989, January 18-February 4
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Director: Wendy Toye
Set Design: Peter Wingate
Costume Design: Pamela Lampkin
Lighting Design: Christopher Popowich
Composer: Roger Perkins
Stage Manager: Susan Konynenburg
Apprentice Stage Manager: Nick Teterenko

Jack Rice: Eduard Atienza


1986, March 2-23
Martha Cohen Theatre, Calgary, Alberta

Secondary Materials
*"Archived Play List." Alberta Theatre Projects. 18 July 2003.
*House Program for Manitoba Theatre Centre's Falstaff and When That I Was..., 1988-89.
*"Mortimer, John." Playwrights and their Plays. 21 July 2003.
Adaptor 1 Biography
"Former English Barrister John Mortimer is best known in America for his Rumpole stories. A public television hit for decades, the Rumpole stories combine wit, suspense, and astute lawyering. When not defending murderers and other criminals at the Old Bailey, Rumpole enjoys sipping a glass of claret at Pommeroy's Wine Bar. He skewers his colleagues at the Inn and suffers barbs from his wife, Hilda, whom he calls, 'She Who Must Be Obeyed.'
" A graduate of Oxford University, Mortimer received an honorary doctorate in law from Exeter University. He became a barrister in 1948 and in 1966 was named to the Queen's Counsel. He has won numerous literary awards: the Italia Prize in 1957 for his play, The Dock Brief; Writers Guild of Great Britain award for best original teleplay in 1969 for A Voyage Round My Father; Golden Globe award nomination in 1970 for his screenplay, John and Mary; and the British Film and Television Academy's award for writer of the year in 1980.
"A prolific and versatile writer, Mortimer has tried nearly every literary type including novels, short stories, plays, biographies, autobiographies, interviews, translations, adaptations, and screenplays" (12 July 2003. qtd. from
Adaptor 1 Bibliography
*"John Mortimer." Lawyers Writing. 21 July 2003.
Adaptor 2 Biography
"Veteran Ontario -based actor born in 1924.
"Mr. Atienza has performed at several of the country's major venues notably the Shaw Festival (Pygmalion among others) and the Stratford Festival (The Tempest, World of Wonders, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, among others). He also performed in the noted 1975 revival of John Coulter 's Riel at the National Arts Centre as well as at the Stephenville Festival" (18 July 2003. qtd. from
Adaptor 2 Bibliography
*"Atienza, Edward." Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. 18 July 2003.
The secret memories of Jack Rice, friend to William Shakespeare.
The play's title comes from the first line of the song sung by Feste in Twelfth Night (5.1.376-395): "When that I was and a little tiny boy."
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Twelfth Night
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