A Clean Break, Royal Court Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production



Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 June 2014 Download Calendar

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This is a story about two sisters from the same nest. Both trapped in a tiny rotting world. Both cuffed to a past that refuses to release them. One wants out. The other needs her in. Trouble is that when you complete each other, you’re nothing on your own.

Pests is the searing new play from Vivienne Franzmann (Mogadishu, The Witness) winner of the 2008 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, George Devine Award 2010 and the Pearson Playwright Bursary for the Royal Court 2012. Pests was commissioned by celebrated theatre company Clean Break, and co-produced with the Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

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Fiercely impressive and powerfully intimate
★★★★ The Times

Edgily feral, brilliantly realised
★★★★ Evening Standard

A wired force of nature…writing, performance and direction that keep us mesmerised
★★★★★ What’s On Stage

Running Time: 1hr 30mins
Age Guideline: 16+

Written by Vivienne Franzmann
Directed by Lucy Morrison
Starring Ellie Kendrick as Rolly and Sinéad Matthews as Pink
Designer: Joanna Scotcher
Sound Designer: Emma Laxton
Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccioli
Video Designer: Kim Beveridge

Pricing & Concessions

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Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.


The play of the year

The Telegraph on Vivienne Franzmann's Mogadishu