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
VENUE: The Studio
PERFORMANCE DATES: Wednesday 18 February - Saturday 7 March 2015
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
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
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).