Nights with Dolly Henderson

Nominated for a Manchester Independent Theatre Award, 2014

Part of the Box of Tricks Word:Play/NWxSW short play tour alongside writers Luke Barnes, Ella Greenhill, Natalie McGrath, Tom Wainwright and Becky Prestwich Hine. 

Rose is on nights again; Dolly can’t sleep. In a quiet Torquay kitchen, in the dead of night, two housewives meet in secret and the waves of the 1960s’ revolution in America begin to lap at the shores of the English riviera.

Directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder –

Toured Spring 2013:

Octagon Theatre, Bolton / Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port / The Continental, Preston / Lantern Theatre, Liverpool / Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter / Lighthouse Centre, Poole / Merlin Theatre, Frome / Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol/ Salisbury Playhouse.

“Irreverent, thought provoking and hilarious one minute and then extremely moving and tense the next.  It really drew me in and I thought it was beautifully and evocatively performed by Helen Carter and Rachel Austin who really brought the quiet pain and confusion in the writing to life in a detailed and human way.  I also thought the treatment of the wider issue of the role of women was dealt with in a really humorous and thought provoking way, making us reflect on whether we have not actually come that far since then…congratulations”

Suzanne Bell, New Writing Associate Royal Exchange Theatre 

“Terrific reminders of the self-contained power of the one-act genre… Four actors breathe dramatic life into the theatrical equivalent of the short story, with a simple re-arrangement of chairs providing a seamless segue between each tale – a neat directorial touch that unifies rather than divides six authors in search of their characters.”

The Stage

“Innovative Box of Tricks… Excellence of writing throughout… Acting of this quality is not always guaranteed from productions with far greater budgets – and much higher ticket prices. First-class theatre”

British Theatre Guide

“An engaging and stimulating assortment of work… Word:Play/NWxSW works well within its self-imposed parameters. The simple staging is particularly effective, using just chairs to evoke airport lounges, hospital waiting rooms and Dartmoor tors… We remain immersed in these small snippets of other lives.”

Exeunt Magazine