Molly Davies’s keen-edged and sparse debut play is about wanting a better life.
Nineteen-year-old Amy, who works in a chicken nuggets factory, is a reluctant single mother, and her baby daughter is looked after by Amy’s mother most of the time. When her old school friend Gary comes back from the army on leave, they have sex and do drugs and Amy begins to hope that with her new boyfriend and the shining promise of a trip to Brighton she can rise out of the life she feels trapped by. But flashes of violence and self-loathing show us frustrated hopes and very real characters.
This important play is set in Norfolk, in a depressed and struggling agricultural community, a reminder that social deprivation is not just an inner city problem. The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009.