The Compelling Jelly Beans Will Be Performed At Theatre503


Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
 

Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th May 2016

I was the most beautiful child.
Everyone always told me how much potential I had.
From the director of Theatre503’s recently acclaimed BU21 comes Jelly Beans.

Dan Pick’s first full-length play is a brutally honest, hilarious and pitch-black confessional about what happens when every axiom of your life turns out to be a lie.
Dan Pick’s fresh and exciting writing reveals first-hand the story of a momentous day in the life of a young man teetering on the brink of self-destruction. As his drab existence is shattered by a violent attack and an escapist binge that sees him running from painful memories and present dangers, can a self-proclaimed hero save himself from oblivion?

Jelly Beans considers what happens the moment a young man with a toxic combination of fear, loathing and delusions of grandeur is presented with a very real image of himself in the future, of what he’s doomed to become.
Writer Dan Pick comments,

We’re a generation raised on Disney, riddled with debt, anxiety and depression. We wished on stars as children but the happy endings we were promised seem more distant now than the farthest reaches of our universe. We live behind laptop screens, isolated by the very devices designed to connect us, fed to bursting on a diet rich in reality TV and pornography. It often feels as though we’re all facing our own individual crisis of purpose, and what happens when you realise the happily-ever-after might not be yours?

This one-off limited run is from the creative team and production company
behind BU21 (★★★★★- The Stage) and award-nominated Cans(★★★★ – Time Out).
Stuart Slade comments, 

Dan is clearly one of the most gifted directors of his generation, and when he sent me his first play, it became annoyingly apparent that he is, potentially, also one of the most gifted writers as well. Jelly Beans has a searing confessional honesty to it, a muscular brutality, but also a totally unexpected delicacy and tenderness. In the hands of the
astonishing Adam Harley it’s a 
play that sometimes difficult to watch, but always impossible to ignore.

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