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Anna Jordan

Yen (NHB Modern Plays)

Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize-winning play, Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.
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.
Yen won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2015.
This new edition published alongside the Royal Court Theatre production in January 2016.
'[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
'very impressive… [Jordan] has a great ear for dialogue' — British Theatre Guide
'bring[s] to mind Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur… [asks] lots of necessary and potent questions' — Exeunt Magazine
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  • Davidshared an impression5 years ago
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  • gamesnotcontactshas quoted5 years ago
    have an apple and most of it’s okay but one part of it is brown and rotten? So you cut that bit out and then you can eat the rest. Well, that’s what I’d like to do. There’s a part of my body that’s rotten and I want to cut it out but I can’t.

    She puts her hand between her legs and grips. Then she starts to cry.

    And my dreams. My fucking dreams! I dream about Daddy’s face, and your face. I dream about your brother wearing my daddy’s clothes. I dream Taliban’s at my window. I dream I wake up in your bed and I’m covered in blood.
  • gamesnotcontactshas quoted5 years ago
    A chat? A CHAT? (Very angry, incredulous.) Do you know how much pain you have caused me? Do you know how much pain you and your family have caused me and my family? DO YOU?

    Suddenly she takes a step forward.

    Look. (Points to her mouth.) Two new teeth. Had to get them replaced because your brother knocked them out with the dog chain. I can’t keep my dinner down most days. The only thing I can eat without feeling sick is Twix. HA! Twix! Taliban’s favourite. And I feel so ugly inside myself. You know when you
  • Emily Andersonhas quoted6 years ago
    NNIFER. You should do something. You’d be good at working with people. You’re quite… gentle.
    HENCH doesn’t know

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