Eve escapes her mind with work, drink and sex. No one sees past her carefully curated image of a woman in control. Until she loses it. Gabe is her new addiction. After another night of watching him flirt, this time with their waitress, Eve confronts the darkness in him. Memories of a childhood long ignored resurface when she realises that his pain lives in her too.
Darlings uses tender puppetry, striking stage images and a brutally vulnerable script to explore a manipulative relationship and its connection to childhood experience.
DIRECTOR AND WRITER: Eleanor Hope-Jones
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: CaseyLloyd
PRODUCER: Gabi Spiro
DRAMATURGY: Rachel Eames
LIGHTING DESIGN: Saskia Jane
SOUND DESIGN: Oscar Liddiard
CAST: Kate Rowsell, Toby Robertshaw, Annie Philbin
With thanks to: Jordan Linton, Craig Snelling, Eddie Cunningham, Valerie Jones.
"thought provoking and moving production"
"a brilliant story filled with conflict, heart and passion..."
"Intelligent and relatable... Poignant and emotional"
"Clever writing in an era of #MeToo... a delight to unravel"
"experiencing art can sometimes be a little like falling in
love… by the end of Darlings I knew - I'd fallen again." -David May
"raw and reflective, funny in the right moments and engaging from start to finish." - One More Open Heart
PHOTOGRAPHER: Duncan Everson