4 November - 4 December 2015
GEST presents the Scandinavian premiere of Yen by Anna Jordan; winner of the prestigious Bruntwood prize for Playwriting. Directed by Kristina Brändén Whitaker.
Yen, a tale of lost innocence that gets under your skin, explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.
Hench is 16, Bobbie is 13. They live alone with their dog Taliban, playing Playstation, watching porn; surviving. Sometimes their chaotic mum Maggie visits, occasionally she passes out on the front lawn. But when Jenny knocks on the door the boys discover a world far beyond what they know, a world full of love, beauty, possibility and danger.
Yen was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester as winner of the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in February 2015. GEST will be the first to produce this funny, tender, beautiful and brutal play following on from its original
"In November 2015, it is not hard to see the plays acute relevance. Directed by GESTs Artistic Director Kristina Brändén Whitaker, together with the British ensemble, she has on the small intimate stage, created a naturalistic drama with an almost intrusive presence...It is of course an excellent asset for the city and region's cultural life, to have such direct channels to the international theatre scene." Dagens Nyheter (Click on the link to read the full review in Swedish)
"GEST continue their mission to provide Gothenburg with the very newest of British theatre ...
GEST illustrates with optimal use of its small stage the characters hurtle towards self destruction .
It is almost physically painful to partake in...it's hard not to be affected by Henchs, Bobby and Jen's destinies." Göteborgs Posten
SET & COSTUME DESIGN
Ger Olde Monnikhof
Trailer for Yen: