A Headlong/HighTide Festival/Nuffield Theatre, Southampton production


  • By Ella Hickson
  • Tue 29 May – Sat 16 Jun, 7.15pm
  • Tickets £10 29 & 30 May; £15 31 May - 7 June; £20 8 - 16 June; £12.50 matinees & bank holidays

‘Savage and beautifully detailed… a work of colourful chaos.’ ★★★★ What’s On Stage
‘Fearless emotional immediacy and tight comic timing’ ★★★★ Time Out

Headlong, ‘the country’s most exciting touring company’ (Telegraph), brings Ella Hickson’s brilliant new play, Boys, to Soho Theatre for its London debut. Hickson (Precious Little Talent, Eight), one of the UKs most promising new writers, collaborates with director Robert Icke, who follows his ‘extraordinary’ (Observer) production of Romeo and Juliet for Headlong.

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.

Suitable for ages 14+

Post-show Q&A: Playwright Ella Hickson and director Robert Icke will be discussing the creation of Boys on Weds 6 June.

‘Savage and beautifully detailed… a work of colourful chaos.’ ★★★★ What’s On Stage

‘’…Boys is invigorating and brilliantly played: The Young Ones reborn as tragicomedy.’ ★★★ Times

‘Fearless emotional immediacy and tight comic timing’ ★★★★ Time Out

‘A promising play that catches a febrile atmosphere and the curious mournfulness of passing youth.’ ★★★★ Financial Times

‘Tensions rise in a play that both powerfully captures the mood of a generation and addresses permanent truths with exhilarating flair.’ ★★★★ Independent

‘Ella Hickson has created a sublime piece of work here… I urge everyone to go and see this… one of the best things I have seen this year’ ★★★★★ What’s On Fringe

‘…Acutely observed and wickedly funny.’ Guardian

Laugh out loud humour and some genuinely touching moments… an excellent and engaging show’ Londonist

A totally absorbing piece of theatre, which is hilariously funny and tragic in equal measures. This is a play not to be missed! ★★★★★’ The Public Reviews

‘Hickson is too perceptive a writer and too astute a dramatist to play one string when she has a whole violin.’ Arts Desk

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