Paperback, 144 pages ISBN: 9781848425514Publication Date:
21 Jan 2016
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Ebook, 144 pages ISBN: 9781780015644Publication Date:
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First Staged:
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2015; Royal Court Theatre, London, 2016


By Anna Jordan

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  • Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting - 2013

Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize-winning play, Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.

Hench is sixteen, Bobbie is thirteen. They're home alone in Feltham with their dog Taliban; playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by.

Sometimes their mum Maggie visits, usually with empty pockets and empty promises. Then Jenny shows up.

Yen won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016.

This edition of Yen was published alongside the Royal Court Theatre production in January 2016.

Extra Content: 'Anna Jordan on generation porn and a dog called Taliban' published in The Guardian, 25 January 2016.

Q&A Podcast: listen to a Q&A with Anna Jordan about her play Yen, recorded in April 2020 as part of the NHB Playgroup series...

‘I’m Bobbie. As in Bobbie Dazzler, my nan says, although I don’t know who that is. And this is my brother Hench. He’s got a face for radio.’

Press Quotes

'To say that Yen is absorbing would be an understatement... what's most remarkable about Anna Jordan's writing is the taut mixture of incipient violence and utter, heart-wrenching tenderness'

Exeunt Magazine

'[A] terrifying, witty, and compassionate study of the awful penalties of growing up alone and without boundaries'


'A savage study of two teenage boys abandoned by society… leaves a lump in the throat that won't go down'

Time Out

'[A] brutal but tender study of brotherhood... the dynamic range of Jordan's writing is extraordinary... achieves the uncommon feat of being difficult to watch yet easy to love'


'Very impressive... [Jordan] has a great ear for dialogue'

British Theatre Guide
Paperback,144 pages ISBN: 9781848425514Publication Date:
21 Jan 2016
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook,144 pages ISBN: 9781780015644Publication Date:
21 Jan 2016
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)

Also by Anna Jordan:

Pop Music
The Unreturning
Chicken Shop
Closer to God
We Anchor in Hope

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