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.” 5 stars ‘Extraordinary’ The Guardian 5 stars ‘Unforgettable’ Manchester Evening News
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 and 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.
THE BIG IDEA: YEN
Anna Jordan in conversation
The playwright talks with Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison.
Tues 2 Feb 2016 POST SHOW
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage.
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 advice you on subject matter.
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Dates in January
|Fri 22 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available, Preview||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 23 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available, Preview||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 25 Jan||7:00pm||Press Night||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||PRESS NIGHT|
|Tue 26 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 27 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 28 Jan||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20 MATINEE|
|Thu 28 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 29 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 30 Jan||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20 MATINEE|
|Sat 30 Jan||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
Dates in February
|Mon 1 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 2 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 3 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 4 Feb||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20 MATINEE|
|Thu 4 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 5 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 6 Feb||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20 MATINEE|
|Sat 6 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 8 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 9 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 10 Feb||7:45pm||Captioned Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 11 Feb||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20 MATINEE|
|Thu 11 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 12 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 13 Feb||3:00pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20 MATINEE|
|Sat 13 Feb||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
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Concessions £15* (available in advance until 30 January, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate) *ID required. All discounts subject to availability.
4 stars How do you get under the skin of a broken family? Anna Jordan’s completely devastating, Bruntwood Prize-winning play is a masterclass in doing just that.
Time Out | Alice Saville
Read the full review 4 stars ‘A moving account of the redemptive power of love.’
The Guardian | Michael Billington
Read the full review 4 stars ‘Terrifying, witty, and compassionate.’
The Independent | Paul Taylor
Read the full review 4 stars ‘Bennett also further confirms that he’s a director who really understands tension, how to wind things tighter and tighter until you can almost feel the pressure sitting behind your sternum.’
The Stage | Natasha Tripney
Read the full review 4 stars ‘Jordan’s writing has an enormous vigour and vitality, with an emotional undertow that sucks the tears right out of your ducts. It’s raw, it’s rude and it’s often bleakly funny.’
‘Yen is still one of the most intensely felt dramas I have seen for a while.’
‘The acting is uniformly impressive… Everyone is convincing and moving.’
‘I now long to see more plays from Jordan’s pen.’
The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz
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An utterly extraordinary, fearless, funny and disturbing play about life in poverty in 21st Century Britain.
The Huffington Post | Jessie Thompson
Read the full article 4 stars Zinging dialogue, unforgettable staging.
The Observer | Susannah Clapp
Read the full review 4 stars A superbly intense and nuanced production, with all four actors giving fearsomely authentic performances.
Sunday Express | Michael Arditti
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Fri 22 Jan, 7:45pm Sat 23 Jan, 7:45pm Tue 26 Jan, 7:45pm Wed 27 Jan, 7:45pm Thu 28 Jan, 3:00pm Thu 28 Jan, 7:45pm Fri 29 Jan, 7:45pm Sat 30 Jan, 3:00pm Sat 30 Jan, 7:45pm Thu 4 Feb, 3:00pm Sat 6 Feb, 3:00pm Thu 11 Feb, 3:00pm Sat 13 Feb, 3:00pm
Fri 22 Jan, 7:45pm Sat 23 Jan, 7:45pm
Mon 25 Jan, 7:00pm
Thu 28 Jan, 3:00pm Thu 4 Feb, 3:00pm Thu 11 Feb, 3:00pm
Sat 30 Jan, 3:00pm Sat 6 Feb, 3:00pm Sat 13 Feb, 3:00pm
Wed 10 Feb, 7:45pm