Eggs, by rising star Florence Keith-Roach, is a dark comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out. This intimate two-hander looks at gender disparity and the struggle of growing up as part of Generation Y.
GIRL 1 and GIRL 2 are living very different lives. Since leaving university, the only things that unite them are their struggle against society’s expectations and a dead best friend. Over the course of a year, the tension of this realisation mounts and the wilfully humorous banality of their dialogues begins to grate against an ultimately tragic subtext.
Writer Florence Keith-Roach, comments: “I wrote Eggs to try to examine the volatility and unique calibre of female friendship. I wanted to shed light on the complexities of these relationships, both nurturing and destructive, inspiring and draining, funny yet tragic. I believe that for women – fighting for recognition in the workplace, equal pay and respect from men in power – it is their female friendships, above all other relationships, which tend to endure.”
This is a story about coming to terms with the absurd horror of one’s own fragmentation in the world; a world where IVF, pop-feminism, Scarlett Johansson, MDMA and Cher’s 90s comeback album all chaotically co-exist. In the end, it is friendship, however flawed, which rescues these women from utter abstraction.
Eggs is about young women trying to figure out who they are. It is about young people trying to figure out how to exist. It is a truly great depiction of the enduring qualities of friendship. An early version of Eggs premiered to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015. Eggs will be published by Nick Hern Books in an anthology of the best five plays at Vault Festival.
Eggs by Florence Keith-Roach
Performance Dates Wednesday 24th February – Sunday 6th March 2016, 6.30pm
Saturday 27th February and Saturday 5th March matinees, 2.45pm
Running time 60 minutes
Twitter @Florencesahara, #Eggstheplay, @Orpheeproduct
Writer Florence Keith-Roach
Producer Lucie Massey
Associate Producer Hannah Tookey
Set Designer Clementine Keith-Roach
Costume Designer Lily Ashley
Girl 1 Florence Keith-Roach
Girl 2 Amani Zardoe
Notes Ages 16+
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