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Anna Jordan


Nick Hern Books

“[A] terrifying, witty, and compassionate study of the awful penalties of growing up alone and without boundaries” —Independent

“A savage study of two teenage boys abandoned by society... leaves a lump in the throat that won't go down.” —Time Out

“[A] brutal but tender study of brotherhood... the dynamic range of Jordan's writing is extraordinary... achieves the uncommon feat of being difficult to watch yet easy to love.” —Guardian

Hench is sixteen, Bobbie is thirteen. 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. This Bruntwood Prize–winning play explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of growing up on your own.

Anna Jordan's play Yen won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Her other plays include Chicken Shop (Park Theatre, 2014), Freak (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2014), Closer To God (Best Play and Audience Award at the Offcut Festival, 2009) and Just For Fun – Totally Random (Best New Writing at the Lost One Act Festival, 2009). As a director her work has included Crystal Springs (Eureka, San Francisco, 2014) and Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy by Jonathan Harvey at the National Theatre Shed as part of the 2013 Connections Festival. She is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre, and teaches acting and playwriting.


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978-1-84842-551-4
PAPERBACK
96pp
$20.95 USD
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