Spine by Clara Brennan

Thu 31st Jul – Sun 24th Aug 2014


“From award-winning playwright, Clara Brennan, comes the world premiere of a hilarious and heart-breaking call to arms for our modern age.”





Clara Brennan


From award-winning playwright, Clara Brennan (Soho's Channel 4 Playwright in residence 2014), comes the world premiere of a hilarious, pan-generational and heart-breaking call to arms for our modern age.

Spine is a funny and touching monologue, charting the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because, as she says, ‘there’s nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say.’

In this era of damaging coalition cuts and disillusionment, has politics forgotten the people it’s meant to represent? Can we really take the power back? Amy is about to be forced to find out.

Spine was originally a 15 minute short as part of Theatre Uncut 2012 (Fringe First Award Winner) and this year sees the premiere of the full-length version.

Spine tells the story of Amy, a young, mouthy student whose unexpected friendship with an old lady prompts her to realise the cost of the loss of the local library. A sharp, witty, angry piece about the galvanising power of knowledge (Financial Times). Amy and Glenda’s friendship, which blossoms over stolen library books, is told through a delicately multi-layered monologue where both characters are brought to life by one actress (Exeunt). Spine is the life affirming story of a young woman finding her political voice in age of apathy and disillusionment.

Bethany Pitts directs, returning to the Fringe after working as Assistant Director on Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley which won a Fringe First in 2013.

Admission: £6 – £11(£10)

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