by Florence Keith-Roach
Vault Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Wednesday 24th February – Sunday 6th March 2016
They say that most crimes are performed by sexually frustrated men on a largely sugar based diet… I eat a lot of MAOMS.
Eggs, by rising star Florence Keith-Roach, is a dark comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out. This intimate two-hander looks at gender disparity and the struggle of growing up as part of Generation Y.
GIRL 1 and GIRL 2 are living very different lives. Since leaving university, the only things that unite them are their struggle against society’s expectations and a dead best friend. Over the course of a year, the tension of this realisation mounts and the wilfully humorous banality of their dialogues begins to grate against an ultimately tragic subtext.
Writer Florence Keith-Roach, comments:
I wrote Eggs to try to examine the volatility and unique calibre of female friendship. I wanted to shed light on the complexities of these relationships, both nurturing and destructive, inspiring and draining, funny yet tragic. I believe that for women – fighting for recognition in the workplace, equal pay and respect from men in power – it is their female friendships, above all other relationships, which tend to endure.
This is a story about coming to terms with the absurd horror of one’s own fragmentation in the world; a world where IVF, pop-feminism, Scarlett Johansson, MDMA and Cher’s 90s comeback album all chaotically co-exist. In the end, it is friendship, however flawed, which rescues these women from utter abstraction. is about young women trying to figure out who they are. It is about young people trying to figure out how to exist. It is a truly great depiction of the enduring qualities of friendship.
An early version of Eggs premiered to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
Eggs will be published by Nick Hern Books in an anthology of the best five plays at Vault Festival.