Ramona Tells Jim

by Sophie Wu
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Pocahontas: “Um, who the fuck is Ramona?”

Scotland. One wet, midge-riddled field trip. Ramona is 15 and she’s totally cool. Honestly. She’s completely cool.

In 1998, Ramona, of Englandshire, has a penchant for Enya and hates bananas. On her geography field trip she meets Jim, a local laddie wearing an anti-pill fleece. He’s obsessed with hermit crabs, rock erosion and making homemade Irn-Bru cocktails.

Deep in the Scottish Highlands, Ramona falls for Jimmy’s awkward charm but gets caught in a scandal that will haunt her for years to come.

Fast forward fifteen years and Jim, of the shittest village in Scotland, has got a girlfriend and something like a functional life. But Ramona still can’t shake the consequences of that fateful trip. Determined to clear her conscience, she heads back to the Highlands to find that neither her nor Jim’s lives have turned out how they had planned.

Ramona Tells Jim is a darkly comic play about confession and the gravity of young love, from Bush Theatre Emerging Writers’ Group member and actor Sophie Wu (Kick Ass, Wild Child).

Supported by Peter Wolff Theatre Trust.

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Joe Bannister
Joe Bannister plays Jim. His theatre credits include Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre); As You Like It (National Theatre); Hobson’s Choice (Vaudeville Theatre); King John (Rose Theatre Kingston); Mad World My Masters (ETT Tour/Barbican); The Witch of Edmonton, The Roaring Girl, Arden of Faversham (RSC Roaring Girls Season); Titus Andronicus, A Mad World My Masters (RSC); Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre/Hampstead Theatre); Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street Theatre) and The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket). His television credits include: Howard’s End (BBC) and Endeavour (Mammoth for ITV). His film credits include: The Isle.
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Amy Lennox
Amy Lennox plays Pocahontas. Her theatre credits include: Elly in David Bowie’s Lazarus (King’s Cross); Lauren in Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre, London); Cathy in The Last Five Years (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Steph in Tracks (The Miniaturists, Arcola); Woman in The Pink Bedroom (The Hotel Plays, Defibrillator); Princess Pertunia in Puss in Boots (Hackney Empire); Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 The Musical (UK tour); Velcro in Soho Cinders (Soho); Decade (Headlong); Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep); Margot and u/s Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (original London company); Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh/Royal & Derngate); Wendy in Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Liesl in The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall). Television credits include: Sally McColl in Shetland Series 4 (ITV) and Casualty (BBC). Film credits include: Cruz in Wrong Turn 5 (20th Century Fox); Sophie in Cab Ride (Abelle Films Ltd) and Jen in Never Let Me Go (DNA Films).
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Ruby Bentall
Ruby Bentall plays Ramona. Her theatre credits include: Britten in Brooklyn (Wiltons Music Hall); The Cement Garden (Heritage Arts Company); Peter and Alice (Noel Coward Theatre); Hansel and Gretel, Grief, The Miracle, DNA, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (National Theatre); Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre); Remembrance Day (Royal Court Theatre) and Alice (Sheffield Crucible). Television credits include Midsomer Murders, Absentia, Poldark Series 1, 2 and 3, Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), Blandings II ‘Throwing Eggs’, The Paradise (BBC), Larkrise to Candleford (BBC), The Bill, New Tricks, Lost in Austen, Oliver Twist (BBC), Doctors (BBC), You Can Choose Your Friends and Holby City. Film credits include: Interlude in Prague, Bikini Blue, Mr Turner, Robin Hood, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler and Tormented.

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