A brutal, authentic, hard-hitting drama about survival, love and trying to escape the past.
Pink needs Rolly. Rolly needs Pink. Pink is sucked in and Rolly wants out but where do you find a compromise in between the zig-a-zig-ah?
A story of two sisters trapped in their decaying nest, tied to a past that refuses to release them whilst tackling issues of young women who have been in care, who struggle with heroin addiction, methadone dependency, literacy issues, memories of childhood sexual abuse, time in prison, pregnancies that have ended with children being removed, mental illness, violence, unemployment and poverty.
“Share equal da childcare? When done you get so middle class? What, you gonna get a nanny next? Gonna start quaff quaffin’ red wines an’ chattin’ bout dem rocketin’ house prices?”
It has recently been reported that more homeless people died in Manchester than any other local authority area throughout England and Wales in 2017 as well as there being twice as many homeless people in Manchester than official data suggests – making this piece all too relevant in today’s society.
PESTS was commissioned in 2014 to play at London’s Royal Court and Manchester’s Royal Exchange by Clean Break, a women’s theatre company set up by two female prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. 5 years later, we hope this piece relays the message that nothing has changed.
Kim Burnett – Director
Kim is a Manchester based actor and director who trained at Bretton Hall.
Kim’s Directing credits include: The Maids (Bretton Hall), Men Should Weep (Bathgate Academy Theatre), Kindertransport (Bathgate Academy Theatre), White (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Kim’s acting credits include: Missing (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), Lightning in May (Keagan Fransch), Macbeth (Manchester Actors Company), An Inspector Calls (MAC), A Christmas Carol (Front Room Productions), Tipping Point (Theatre 53two), Nothing To See Here (Arcola Theatre), The Little Prince (Manchester Actors Company), Engaged & Portraits (Oldham Coliseum), Fatal Attraction R&D (Theatre Royal Haymarket-Trevor Nunn), Kicking (New Wimbledon Theatre), That's Your Trouble (Theatre Royal Haymarket-Sheila Hancock), Crowd (Crow Theatre).
Kim is thrilled to be working with Stacey Harcourt and Liz Simmons on Pests at Hope Mill Theatre.
Stacey Harcourt – ‘Rolly’ / Producer
After graduating from the BA (hons) Acting course at Italia Conti in 2014, Stacey headed straight back to Manchester as soon as she could – back to the heart of Salford. Since graduating, her credits include; ‘Doctors’ (BBC), ‘Emmerdale’ (ITV), ‘Waterloo Road’ (BBC), ‘Freak’ (53two), ‘I’m Gonna Jump’ (53two) – for which she received a Greater Manchester Fringe award nomination for ‘Best Performance in a Fringe Production’.
Stacey can also be seen in ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’ playing the role of Kayleigh, which has now been seen by over 12 million people worldwide and has won numerous prestigious awards from the likes of the Royal Television Society and a personal commendation for Stacey from Leicestershire Police as the short film has now helped to save the lives of many young people who have been subject to online grooming. ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’ can be found on YouTube.
Liz Simmons – ‘Pink’ / Producer
Liz is from Yorkshire, trained at Birmingham School of Acting and has just finished touring with the comedy show ‘Hormonal Housewives’. Recent credits include Trudi - ‘The Shed Crew’ (Red Ladder Theatre), ‘4x15’ (Sheffield Crucible) , Karen - ‘Shirley’ (Square Chapel), Lady Macduff/Witch - ‘Macbeth’ (53Two), Nicola - ‘Our Glass House’ (Common Wealth), Linda - ‘Ladies Day’ (The Lichfield Garrick) and Juliet - ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (The Cheltenham Everyman).
Liz is a founding member and producer of 12MilesNorth Theatre and wrote and performed in their first production Twelve Miles North of Sheffield.
25th - 29th June 2019
Hope Mill Theatre
7:30pm (3pm matinee - Sat 29th june)
£10 / £8 Concession - Including emergency service workers