Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Sally is in her thirties: she’s single, unemployed, overweight and annoyed at the world.
Her best friend Emmeline married a barrister and seems to have it all whilst her mum Sandra still treats her like a teenager. After Sally’s grandad dies, she realises just how bad her Nanna Penny’s dementia has become. Spurred on by an argument about care homes, Sally defies her mother and decides to move in with Penny to look after her. As Sally gradually makes sense of her new life as a carer, Penny’s confusion deepens and those around them are forced to re-evaluate their own lives.
In this tender, poignant piece laced with delicate humour we unearth the roots of humanity. Just like the Brighton Rock quote (“bite down as far as you like and it still says Brighton”), even once the essence of Penny begins to fade, she always remains Penny from Huddersfield.
Writer - Wendy Dickinson
Wendy is a British writer and composer based in the North West. She has written three full length pieces of musical theatre with her first play Clara at Noon receiving its premier at the Windsor Drama Award Final in October 2017. Wendy was recently runner up for the 2017 PROJECT Trio Composition Competition and 2018 Bass Lucca Concerto competition. She also works as a freelance pianist and Musical Director.
Director - Nell Hardy
Nell Hardy trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has had a dynamic few years as a performer playing Alice in Wonderland through to Horatio and Macduff. She was recently seen as one of Matt Lucas's alien children in John Cameron Mitchell's feature film How To Talk To Girls At Parties. She began directing three years ago through the participation department at Jacksons Lane and has since seen her work performed at the artsdepot, Soho Theatre and this year directed for the National Theatre's 'Connections' Festival in the Dorfman Theatre.
CastSally | Jamie-Rose Monk
Penny | Linda Marlowe
Sandra | Ali Kemp
Tony | Gareth Radcliffe
Emmeline | Sara Bahadori