YEN by Anna Jordan
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Director Ned Bennett
Lighting Elliot Griggs
Composition/Sound Giles Thomas
Movement Direction Polly Bennett
Fight Direction Pam Donald

Photos Richard Davenport

**** “Two years ago Ned Bennett, Georgia Lowe, Elliot Griggs, Giles Thomas and Polly
Bennett for ever changed the profile of the Orange Tree with their ferocious realisation of
Alistair McDowall’s dystopia Pomona. The same crew have staged Yen, first at
Manchester’s Royal Exchange, now at the Royal Court. Anna Jordan’s play has zinging, idiomatic
dialogue but patchy plotting. This hit team make it unforgettable.” Susannah Clapp, The Guardian

**** “ In Georgia Lowe’s ingenious, abstracted design, the stage is a huge arena that the
two teenage boys run and leap across, thin and agile as spiders – it echoes with the
ghosts of the people who’ve left them.” Alice Saville, Time Out

**** “Ned Bennett’s production, which is designed by Georgia Lowe and reminiscent of
the hectic worlds of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur and Alistair McDowall’s Pomona, mixes
imaginative staging (the dog is played by an electric bar fire and two sets of gym bars
enable the cast to move around the claustrophobic confines of their isolation)
with emotional truth.” Aleks Sierz, Arts Desk

“In the traverse staging of Georgia Lowe's design with its climbing frames and blinding
floodlights, and some ingenious lighting work from Elliot Griggs who conjures flickering
screens right in front of us, this disturbing drama is well worth the prize.” Ought to be clowns