“One of the most self-assured, startlingly well-written and moving pieces of theatre around.”
– The Herald
“Stunningly well performed…this is a truly impressive and exciting hour of theatre”
– The Scotsman
Winner of the 2008 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and Fringe First Award Winner, EIGHT is a collection of extraordinary tales of remarkably self-aware young adults smartly crafted by breakout playwright Ella Hickson.
From high-class hookers to those who make friends in morgues, to single mothers and bereaved gallery owners, Eight gives all of these otherwise neglected characters center-stage, including the moving, politically punchy portrait of a man who has lost everything except his memories of the 7/7 London bombings. Marginal behavior is integrated into the mainstream and apathy blazes across it all. ‘Eight’ works to find the glimmers of faith in a world of wholesale cynicism. Incisively witty yet touching and potent, these eight monologues present what those reaching adulthood in The Naughties would be saying – if they could be bothered.
Writer Ella Hickson has written and published poetry since her late teens and completed her first novel in 2004. In addition she has worked as a producer for BBC comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls, Offstage Theatre, The Edinburgh Film Festival and in 2006 established her own production company, Escape Artist.
Photo credit: Tom Bishop
Presented as part of COIL 09 January 6 – 13, 2009
Extended: Wed, January 14 – Sun, January 25
Wednesday – Saturday 8pm
Tickets from $25
$10 (P.S. 122 members)