World Premiere

YEN

  • By Anna Jordan
  • 18 February 2015 - 7 March 2015
  • The Studio
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I'm Bobbie. As in Bobbie Dazzler, my Nan says, although I don't know who that is. And this is my brother Hench. He's got a face for radio.

Hench is 16, Bobbie is 13. They live alone with their dog Taliban, playing Playstation, watching porn; surviving. Sometimes their chaotic mum Maggie visits, occasionally she passes out on the front lawn. But when Jenny knocks on the door the boys discover a world far beyond what they know, a world full of love, possibility and danger.

YEN explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 winner, Anna Jordan's play was commended for its 'beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges' by Chair of the Judges, Dame Jenni Murray.

"I'm fascinated by what would happen to a person if they were never taught how to express themselves. I think it's where a lot of the world's pain and violence comes from. Yen explores that.

Winning the Bruntwood Prize was a total game changer. It felt like the end of one journey and the beginning of another; incredible."
Anna Jordan, winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for YEN

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Wednesday 18 February - Saturday 7 March 2015 

    PERFORMANCE TIMES:
    Monday – Friday: 7:30pm and Saturdays 8.00pm
    Thursday matinee 2.30pm & Saturday matinee 3.30pm
    No matinee: Thursday 19 February

    TICKET PRICES: £12/£10

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14+

    RUNNING TIME:
     2 hours, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes

  • Creative Team
  • WRITER Anna Jordan
    DIRECTOR Ned Bennett
    DESIGNER Georgia Lowe
    LIGHTING DESIGNER Elliot Griggs
    COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER Giles Thomas
    FIGHT DIRECTOR Pamela Donald
    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Polly Bennett
    PHOTO Jon Shard, with thanks to WOLFIE the dog

  • Related Events
  • Part of the SEXOLOGY MANCHESTER SEASON:

    AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 26 February after 7.30pm performance. 

    With MATTHEW XIA (Associate Artistic Director); NED BENNETT (Director - YEN); ANNA JORDAN (Writer - YEN); KATE STEWART (Principle Family Therapist - Bradford Child and Adolescence Mental Health Services) and LARRY ANDERSON (Specialist Child Psychologist - Working with Bradford Social Care).

    More Information

  • Hench

    Alex Austin

    Maggie

    Sian Breckin

    Bobbie

    Jake Davies

    Jenny

    Annes Elwy

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