Jellyfish

by Ben Weatherill
Mark Cartwright, in association with the Bush Theatre, presents
Sold out
World Premiere
Ben Weatherill is winner of the Pitch Your Play Award and Curve Theatre Leicester Playwriting Competition. He established the Old Red Lion Writers’ Group, was part of the National Theatre’s New Views Programme and acted as dramaturg at Curve Theatre Leicester. Ben’s new play Jellyfish has its world premiere at the Bush Theatre in 2018.

“I know what people say. How they treat us. But that’s their problem. No one else should give a fuck.”

Kelly likes dirty jokes and finding creatures washed up on the shore. Neil likes Kelly, who makes him dizzy and breathless. But Agnes, Kelly’s mum, struggles to accept their new relationship.

Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?

Meet the Writer: Ben Weatherill

Click Here for Visual Guide

This is a past event
"heartening, important, thoughtful and unsettling"
Evening Standard
"Ben Weatherill's play speaks about love in its purest form"
"glimmers of magic in Weatherill’s play"
Guardian
"incredibly radical"
The Stage
"quietly groundbreaking"
WhatsOnStage
“Tender, thought-provoking drama"
Time Out

Photo & video

Designer
Writer
General Manager
Casting
Sound Designer
Assistant Director
Lighting Designer
Producer
Dialect Coach
Director

Cast

Nicky Priest Actor
Nicky Priest
Nicky Priest plays Dominic. He is an actor and stand-up comedian from Birmingham. He graduated in Drama and Media from Newman University in 2013 and completed the Prince’s Trust Course Get Started With Theatre at the Birmingham REP in 2015. As a stand-up comic he has been mentored by Janice Connolly, aka ‘Barbra Nice’ and will be performing at the Birmingham Town Hall as part of World Inclusion Day in May 2018. Nicky made his professional acting debut in The Seven Acts of Mercy (The RSC) in Nov 2016. Other theatre credits include: The Twisted Tale Of Hansel and Gretel (Birmingham Hippodrome, The Belgrade Theatre, The Forest Arts Centre and the Malvern Theatres). He has been asked by the Prince’s Trust to become a young ambassador, due to the success he has had in his career as a performer via the Get Started With Theatre course.
Penny Layden Headshot Actor
Penny Layden
Penny Layden plays Agnes. She last appeared at the Bush Theatre in 66 Books. Her theatre credits include: Macbeth, My Country: A Work in Progress, Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State, An Oak Tree, Everyman, Edward II, Table and Timon of Athens (National Theatre); The Tempest, Roberto Zucco, Measure for Measure (RSC); The Lorax and Cinderella (Old Vic), Bright Phoenix (Liverpool Everyman); Beryl (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Nora (Belgrade, Coventry), Incoming (Hightide Festival); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios/Hightide Festival/Edinburgh), Vernon God Little and The Art of Random Whistling (Young Vic); The Bacchae, Mary Barton, Electra and Mayhem (Manchester Royal Exchange); Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep); The Spanish Tragedy (Arcola Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, The Antipodes and Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe); Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead Theatre/Tour), Assassins (Sheffield Crucible); Season’s Greetings, Popcorn (Liverpool Playhouse); The Laramie Project (West End); Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse); The Recruiting Officer (Lichfield Garrick); A Passage to India, The Magic Toyshop, Jane Eyre (Shared Experience), Maid Marian and her Merry Men (Bristol Old Vic); What I Did In The Holidays, The Plough And The Stars, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Dangerous Corner, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Vic, Stoke). Television credits include: My Country: A Work in Progress, Grantchester, Dark Angel, EastEnders, Doctors, Prisoner's Wives, Call the Midwife, Land Girls, Sirens, South Riding, Doctors, Silent Witness, Poppy Shakespeare, Bad Mother’s Handbook, Waterloo Road, No Angels, The Bill, Murphy’s Law, Fat Friends, Outlaws, M.I.T and Casualty. Film credits include: Broken, The Libertine. Radio credits include: Second Chance, Uganda and Crime and Punishment.
Ian Bonar Actor Headshot
Ian Bonar
Ian Bonar plays Neil. He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes: Be Prepared (Underbelly / VAULT Festival); Arden of Faversham, The Witch of Edmonton, The Roaring Girl (RSC); The Blackest Black (Hampstead Theatre), Brilliant Adventures (Manchester Royal Exchange); City Love (Bussey Building); Me as a Penguin (Arcola Theatre); DNA, The Miracle (National Theatre); Ma Vie en Rose (Young Vic). Television includes: Our Loved Boy, New Blood, Black Mirror, Southcliffe, Holy Flying Circus, Going Postal. Film includes: Interlude in Prague, Spectre, Skyfall, Kon-Tiki, Starter for Ten, Atonement.
Sarah Gordy Actress Headshot
Sarah Gordy
Sarah Gordy plays Kelly. She trained at her Mum's kitchen table. Theatre includes: Crocodiles (Royal Exchange Theatre); Once We Were Mothers (New Vic Newcastle Under Lyme / Orange Tree Theatre); Walking on Water (Theatre Centre); Harold Pinter Shorts (Brighton Festival); Seize Te Day (Hijinx Theatre). Television includes: The Silkworm (BBC Two); Upstairs Downstairs Series One and Two, The Strike Series, Call the Midwife (BBC One); Peak Practice (ITV). Radio includes: The Good Samaritan, The Meet (BBC R3); Resurrection BBC R4.

@bushtheatre

Born in Hammersmith on this day 1946, the late, great Alan Rickman. Here he is performing @bushtheatre in 1980. https://t.co/x5V3BsE0xJ
ShepherdsBushCalling
@sbcalling
21 Feb
Looking forward to this one https://t.co/9Hai3j0N9i
Lauren Mooney
@lozopus
21 Feb
From our Friends: And The Rest of Me Floats is the ★★★★ 'bold and beautifully constructed' (The Stage) anarchic cel… https://t.co/Qb8fnXn4jO
theatre503
@theatre503
21 Feb
Well, I was there last night and can confirm that @Outbox_Theatre have taken OVAH @bushtheatre – we laughed, we cri… https://t.co/JnSxYOdfsd
jodi gray
@jodigrayesq
21 Feb
Whoop whoop! Booked for And the Rest of Me Floats after protracted diary co-ordination & babysitter booking mission… https://t.co/GIMNbudGz8
Dr Catherine McNamara
@catherine_mc
21 Feb
Popped in to see #thetrick @bushtheatre team during tech yesterday. The set looks 🔥🔥 and I cant wait to see what… https://t.co/04CqvO4NZ5
Lynette Linton
@LynetteLinton
19 Feb

Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
Bush Staff Recommends: LGBT+ Artists

February is an exciting time for reflection on all things LGBT+ as we celebrate communities past and present. Heterosexist society has meant that the great contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Asexual, Non-Binary and Intersex individuals have been systematically down-played, or entirely erased. LGBT+ History Month is a fantastic opportunity to combat this, sparking discussion and opening powerful…

Changing the face of LGBTQIA+ Casting

Tasha Msanide, Bush Theatre’s Digital Marketing Officer, talks to Charlotte Boden, founder of The Queer House about how the talent agency is revolutionising LGBTQIA+ casting.  The Queer house is a talent agency for LGBTQIA+ talent and creatives, who are leading the way to ensure that this community is at the forefront of representation. For years there…

Imposter Syndrome by Emerging Writer Sophia Chetin-Leuner

Sophia Chetin-Leuner from our Emerging Writers Group opens up about Imposter Syndrome First Emerging Writers Group (EWG) meeting. I’ve already googled everyone, obviously. Their accolades are big. Big awards, tv shows, productions. I hope no one googled me.  We go round, introduce ourselves. My eczema flares up when I’m nervous, and I feel myself getting…