“Bravura one-woman show is a knock-out.” Evening Standard
Following a sell-out critically acclaimed run at Kiln Theatre last year, Amy Trigg’s debut play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me, returns to the theatre later this year – from 5 to 26 November to complete a 21 venue UK tour co-produced by Kiln Theatre and Paines Plough. Directed by Charlotte Bennett, the tour opens in Newcastle on 7 September.
“Trigg is terrific” Daily Telegraph
Kiln Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham said today, “We reopened our building to Amy Trigg’s debut play, Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me in 2021 under social distancing. It was a joyful and deeply moving moment. It therefore brings great pleasure to bring it back to Kiln with Paines Plough after a UK tour. Since first being produced, Amy has now become a Peggy Ramsay Foundation / Film 4 Awards Scheme Playwright in Residence hereat Kiln. Her talent, passion and energy is invigorating and vital for Kiln. Our deepest gratitude to the Women’s Prize for Playwrighting for introducing us to Amy and her brilliant play.”
Joint Artistic Directors of Paines Plough Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner commented, “We’re so happy to be bringing Amy Trigg’s play back to the Kiln after a wonderful run there last year. This story is filled to the brim with heart and humour and we fell in love with it from day one when we read it for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting in 2020. We can’t wait to share Juno’s story at the Kiln once more!”
“Enormously entertaining” Guardian
For a long time I didn’t know how it’d work. Or what I’d be able to feel. People would ask me if I could have sex and I’d feign shock and act wildly offended whilst secretly wanting to grab them by the shoulders and be like “I don’t know, Janet!”
Juno was born with spina bifida and is now clumsily navigating her twenties amidst street healers, love, loneliness – and the feeling of being an unfinished project.
Winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, Amy Trigg’s remarkable debut play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me is a hilarious, heart-warming tale about how shit our wonderful lives can be.
Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me is designed by Jean Chan, with lighting design by Guy Hoare, composition and sound design by Elena Peña, associate director Hana Pascal Keegan and was originally produced by The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, Paines Plough, 45North and Kiln Theatre in 2021.
Amy Trigg is an actor and writer from Essex. She was the first wheelchair user to graduate from a performance course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her acting credits include work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Netflix, BBC and Universal. She is a writer for the upcoming series Ralph and Katie (a spin-off of the popular BBC1/ITV Studios show The A Word). She is also writing her first radio drama for BBC Radio 3. Alongside this, Trigg has original projects in development with ITV Studios, Little Door, The Forge and Two Rivers Media. Her essay ‘An Ode to Improvisation (and Poehler and Fey)’ features in the book ‘Feminist’s Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)’. She is on attachment with the Kiln Theatre, after winning one of the six 2022 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursaries. Additionally, she is currently part of the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2021 (partnered with Eleven Film). She has previously been part of 4Screenwriting 2021, BBC Drama Room 2020/21, BBC Writers’ Access Group 2020/21, the Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group 2020/21 and BBC Children’s New Voices 2020.
Charlotte Bennett (she/her) is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough. Previously she was Associate Director at Soho Theatre where she led the new writing department, developing artists and commissions and programming the upstairs studio. For Paines Plough, she directed Reasons You Should(N’t) Love Me by Amy Trigg, which premiered at Kiln Theatre in 2021. For Soho she has directed Whitewash by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, Happy Hour by Jack Rooke, curated a six-month off-site arts festival in Waltham Forest and led playwriting competition the Verity Bargate Award. Prior to this she was Artistic Director of Forward Theatre Project; an artists’ collective she founded. For Forward Theatre Project she made and directed new plays which toured nationally inspired by working in partnership with different communities around the UK and at venues including National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Derby Theatre, Live Theatre and The Lowry. As a freelance director she has worked extensively for Open Clasp Theatre Company, creating new plays inspired by marginalised women in the North-East. She also held the role of Creative Producer for theatre company RashDash where she toured experimental new theatre around the UK.
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THE DARKEST PART OF THE NIGHT
14 July – 6 August
Post Show Q&A 26 July, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance 1 August, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance 4 August, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance 6 August, 2.30pm
9 September – 22 October
Press night: 15 September 2022, 7pm
Captioned Performance 29 September, 7.30pm
Post Show Q&A 18 October, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance 20 October, 7.30pm
REASONS YOU SHOULD(N’T) LOVE ME
5 – 26 November
Captioned Performance: 17 November, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 24 November, 7.30pm
Post Show Q&A: 24 November, 7.30pm
THE WIFE OF WILLESDEN
14 December 2022 – 28 January 2023
Post Show Q&A: 10 Jan 2023, 7.30pm & 27 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 12 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Fundraising Performance: 19 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 23 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
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