The Review: Yen is the 2013 winner of the Royal Exchange’s annual playwriting competition. Set in the intimate Studio, the play is simply mesmerising. It’s the story of two brothers who watch porn and play video games all day, abandoned by their alcoholic mother. Their existence is bleak, hopeless… until Jen, a concerned neighbour, enters, breathing life and light into their lives.
The script is exceptional, crackling with coarse language, filthy jokes and typical lad banter. The boys’ behaviour is, by turns, funny, heartbreaking and violent. Strong support from the neighbour and mother means that all four shine in this stunning play.
The Verdict: Tragedy comes from hope, hope from tragedy in this worthy winner.
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