When: 13th November – 8th December 2018
Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
£: Tickets cost from £10
What is it?
Cuckoo, an exploration of gender identity and what it means to be young in Ireland today, is on at the Soho Theatre in London, from Tuesday 13th November to Saturday 8th December.
Everyone hates Iona. Everyone except Pingu. Sick of ceaseless bullying and despair, Iona and Pingu decide to get the f**k out of claustrophobic Crumlin, a small Dublin suburb. Who would have thought emigrating was such a great way to get noticed by the cool kids? Loving the attention, Iona is drunk on her new-found popularity until she discovers she’s messed with the wrong crowd. When reputation must be defended tooth and nail, this can only end in disaster.
Actress Catriona Ennis will star as loud-mouthed Iona in this world premiere of Cuckoo, and joining her as Pingu, Iona’s silent tuxedo-wearing, non-binary best friend, will be Elise Heaven, who also identifies as non-binary.
Directed by Debbie Hannan (Things of Dry Hours, Young Vic; The Session, Soho Theatre; Who Cares, Royal Court), Cuckoo is from the distinctive new comic voice of debut playwright Lisa Carroll. Exploring gender identity, Carroll also dissects the true cost of belonging and reflects on how hard it is to break away from the place you grew up.
Carroll’s teenagers are wild, funny, awful, and utterly human as they fight for more than the life that’s been handed to them. Cuckoo is a modern look at what it means to be young in Ireland today, as the production considers the bond of friendship through the shifting turbulence of adolescence. Cuckoo examines what happens when Pingu’s non-binary identity rubs up against the gender expectations of those around them.
More info: sohotheatre.com