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Performed Sat 19th and Sun 20th Jan ’19 at  Exeter Phoenix/ 6pm Friday 25th Jan ’19 at Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Laminated will be touring later this year. Written and directed by Lucy Bell, performed by Annette Chown, developed with support from Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

A tale of crime, passion and Fablon, set in a small Devon town…

“In the estate agent window on Fore Street there is a laminated picture of the home Tom and I bought to start a family, price reduced for quick sale. January is a stupid time to put a place on the market but that’s one thing we agree on now. We both need to move on. How did it come to this? How on earth did I miss all the clues along the way? I guess this story began seven years ago but it built to its grisly climax in the two weeks before Christmas, to a soundtrack of screeching breaks and something far worse: Greatest Hits of West Life…”

LAMINATED, with one-liners, a tapestry of rural characters and a breakneck twisty-turny plot, explores the impact on marriage and siblings of being a family with a high needs child. The script was inspired by the frank and funny testimonies of “special needs families”, but tells a universal tale of being a bastion against life’s banana skins.

CRACKING

Sat 18th May ’19 at  Exeter Phoenix/ 4.30pm, a script in hand reading showing as part of Thrive, Exeter Phoenix’s event for Mental Health Awareness week. Cracking will be touring later this year. Written and directed by Cally Hayes, performed by Georgia Robinson & Aidan Casey.Cracking

A love story that is both poetic and brutally frank…

 A new play by Cally Hayes about love, loss and parenthood. Cracking takes an intimate look from a father’s perspective about what happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything.

Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing?

Inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, Documental combines refreshingly honest new writing with testimony and vibrant physicality.