Main House, HighTide Festival 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Sunday, May 13, 2012

A World Premiere by Ella Hickson                                     

A HighTide Festival Theatre / Nuffield Theatre Southampton / Headlong Production

Tickets from £11.50 (And book tickets for two or more events and receive 25% off all tickets).

What would you do if the look in some old guy’s face told you that being young was as good as it ever gets?


It’s finals day for the Class of 2011. Benny, Mack, Timp and Cam are due out of their five bedroom flat tomorrow morning: five bedrooms, five chairs, four boys - and one hell of a party. 

Stepping into a world that doesn’t want them, these boys start to wonder whether there’s any point in getting any older. How will they find the fight to make it as adults? Tonight marks the end of an era. It’s hot. And there’ll be girls. Predict a riot.

Evening Standard Award nominee Ella Hickson is an outstanding new talent, insightful about the challenges facing her generation and writing with real flair. Ella’s short, PMQ, was performed at the 2011 HighTide Festival and her play GIFT featured in Headlong’s Decade.
Robert Icke, Associate Director at Headlong and Rupert Goold’s collaborator on Decade, directs. Boys is the first co-production between HighTide Festival Theatre, The Nuffield and Headlong who each have a particular commitment to producing bold new writing. Following HighTide Festival 2012, Boys tours to the Nuffield Theatre (16-26 May) and then to the Soho Theatre (30 May - 16 June). 
Running time: 2 hours 30 mins 
Production sponsored by Ingenious Media and Peter Wilson MBE


Written by Ella Hickson

Directed by Robert Icke 

Design by Chloe Lamford

Lighting by Michael Nabarro

Sound and Music by Tom Mills

Assistant Direction by Melanie Spencer

Casting by Camilla Evans

Cast Samuel Edward Cook, Alison O’Donnell, Danny Kirrane, Lorn Macdonald, Tom Mothersdale, Eve Ponsonby


Samuel Edward Cook has just
graduated from RADA. This is
his professional stage debuet. 

Alison O’Donnell’s credits include My
Romantic History (Traverse/Bush)
and Eigengrau (Bush).

Danny Kirrane’s credits include Jez
Butterworth’s smash hit Jerusalem
(Royal Court/West End/Broadway)
and The History Boys (West End).

Lorn Macdonald’s credits in his
native Scotland include work for the
Traverse Theatre and National
Theatre of Scotland. 

Tom Mothersdale’s credits include
Romeo and Juliet for Headlong and
A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky
for the Lyric Hammersmith.

Eve Ponsonby’s credits include
The Children’s Hour in the West End
starring Kiera Knightly.


Meet the Playwright

Tell us in a sentence why we should see Boys.

It’s a twenty four hour party involving enough booze, drugs and drama to kill a small horse.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

I can’t do maths for toffee and I’ve got too much of a big mouth for PR or the army.

What inspired you to write this play?

Time spent sitting round the table with several collections of great young men.

Who inspires you and how do they inform your work?

My family – they all get up early and do long days of hard work, it reminds me to sit down and do it. Creatively I first got stuck on Tennessee Williams – I’m a sucker for the sultry sunset lyricism of those big, camp southern plays – the epic, the sexual and the neurotic smacking right through them – I love it.