Di and Viv and Rose
A warm and funny play about female friendship, with three great roles for female performers.
Aged 18, three women join forces. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable.
Crackling with wisdom and wit, Amelia Bullmore's play Di and Viv and Rose is a humorous and thoughtful exploration of friendship's impact on life and life's impact on friendship.
It was first performed at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in 2012. This edition of the play is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
Blog Post: Amelia Bullmore on what inspired the play, and why it's a story that only works on stage. 'I decided to write Di and Viv and Rose in 2009 when I saw a woman’s calves that were just like the calves of a friend who I hadn’t seen for months.' Read more >>
'How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?'
'Brims over with warm, effervescent humour and sharp, unsentimental perceptiveness'Independent
'There is a mixture of warmth, humour and sadness in… the writing… that is very special indeed… But this is also a play that cuts deeply and asks hard questions, about the nature of kindness for instance, and the way friendship can decay just like everything else. There are moments in the second half that are overwhelmingly moving as the characters experience the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.'Telegraph
'A big, warm-hearted piece about female friendship which doesn't - as friends don't - shy away from occasional hard-hitting home truths.'Evening Standard
'Funny, universal and wise. It is about friendship, sexuality, and sex, growing up and changing tack, intimacy and comradeship, corsetry and careers, success, disaster and dissatisfaction. It compasses illness, loss, loneliness and loyalty... It's a play that will last.'The Times