by Anna Jordan

YEN Top / Details
Fri 22 Jan - Sat 13 Feb 2016

After a celebrated run in Manchester the production transfers to London.

“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’re home alone in Feltham with their dog Taliban; playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by.

Sometimes their mum Maggie visits, usually with empty pockets and empty promises.

Then Jenny shows up.

She’s in our territory, bruv. She’s in our territory! She’s in our territory.”

Anna Jordan won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for Yen in 2013.

Former Royal Court trainee director Ned Bennett directs. The cast include Alex Austin, Sian Breckin, Jake Davies and Annes Elwy.

Design by Georgia Lowe, lighting by Elliot Griggs and composition and sound by Giles Thomas.

Anna Jordan is a playwright, director and acting teacher. Her work includes Freak (Assembly Festival Edinburgh/Theatre503), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre), Stay Happy Keep Smiling (Soho), The Freedom Light (Company of Angels), The Ivory Year (LAMDA) and Bender (Old Red Lion).

Ned Bennett’s work at the Royal Court includes Primetime and Pigeons. His production of Pomona (Orange Tree) recently transferred to the National Theatre. Other credits include Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse) and Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion and Trafalgar Studios). He was also trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre.

The Royal Exchange is committed to supporting and developing new writing, and together with the property company Bruntwood they run The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – the UK’s biggest playwriting competition. Anna Jordan’s Yen was the 2013 prize winner. 2015 sees the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting celebrate its 10th Anniversary year. Future Royal Exchange Theatre collaborations include a partnership with the National Theatre, with a co-production of The Orange Tree Theatre’s Pomona by Alistair McDowall, as well as Husbands and Sons adapted by Ben Power, and a co-production of King Lear with Talawa Theatre in 2016.

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 mins (no interval)
Age guidance 14+

The Royal Court Theatre’s work often includes adult content, language, and scenes of a disturbing nature. If you are worried about any potential themes please contact a member of our Box Office team who will be able to advise you on subject matter.

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