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YEN at Kings Cross Theatre

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by Melissa May (subscribe)
Freelance writer and blogger from Sydney (ex-Melbourne). Avid foodie and traveller. Loves dogs.
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New Ghosts Theatre Company in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company present YEN at Kings Cross Theatre. Based on the award-winning play by Anna Jordan, YEN tells the story of two boys, 16-year-old Hench (Ryan Hodson) and fourteen-year-old Bobbie (Jeremi Campese). Hench and Bobbie live with their dog Taliban in a housing estate in Feltham. They spend their days playing video games, streaming porn and watching the world go by. Sometimes their mum Maggie (Hayley Pearl) visits, usually with empty pockets and empty promises.

Then Jenny (Meg Clarke), their Welsh neighbour, shows up.

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Jeremi Campese as Bobbie & Ryan Hodson as Hench. Image: Asparay Photographics.

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Meg Clarke as Jenny. Image: Asparay Photographics

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Hayley Pearl as Bobbie and Hench's mother. Image: Asparay Photographics.

YEN poignantly explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own. Under the direction of Lucy Clements, YEN is a raw and gripping drama, exploring themes of family, love, sex and violence in a London housing estate. Featuring a young and dynamic cast of four, YEN is engaging from start to finish, though often confronting. During intermission, an elderly audience member told me that she found the first 10 minutes of the play overwhelming. I don't blame her after all, not every play will begin with two teenage boys sitting on a set, watching porn and cussing at each other. Once the scene is set though, it's hard not to be engaged and have your breath taken for the next two hours thanks to the brilliant writing and performances by the talented cast members. Even my new elderly friend gave the performance a thunderous applause!

Running until 13 Oct 2018 | Kings Cross Theatre
244/248 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Tickets $15 35 booking fees

Directed by Lucy Clements
Produced by Loredana Cross
Production Managed by Chris Starnawski
Set and Costumed Designed by Ester Karuso-Thurn
Sound Designed by Chrysoulla Markoulli
Lighting Designed by Louise Mason

Starring: Ryan Hodson, Jeremi Campese, Meg Clarke and Hayley Pearl
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When: 244/248 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Where: Kings Cross Theatre, 244/248 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: $15 35 booking fees
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