Hit Punk Plays Return to Southend Following Critically-Acclaimed Tour

April 12, 2017 by Leigh-on-Sea.com

Heads up! Old Trunk are bringing their hit plays Pramkicker and Fran & Leni back to their hometown Southend, following critically-acclaimed runs in London, on UK tours, and at Edinburgh, Latitude, & Brighton Festivals. Get along if you fancy some full-throttle new writing. Both plays are by award-winning writer Sadie Hasler, directed by Sarah Mayhew, and published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

A bit about the plays...


Jude has always known she doesn’t want kids. Her sister Susie isn’t sure.

One day, in a café full of ‘yummy mummies’, Jude loses the plot and kicks a pram. Then gets arrested. Then gets sent to anger management.

Susie goes along for the ride and uses the opportunity to confess a secret.


“I am the Edith fucking Piaf of the empty womb”

(She kicked a pram)

“Je ne regrettay f*****g rien”

“A real gem” **** The Guardian

“A shot of high-energy fun…thoughtful writing that never forgets to be funny” - **** Observer

“Desperately funny, emotionally resonant” **** The Stage




1976. Fran & Leni meet in a North London comp. Three years later they are The Rips. Girls with guitars, bored of playing nice.

Music, sex, fishnets, t*ts and spitting. A two-girl escape from everything sugar and spice.

“Profanity meets poetry…energetic performances that balance knife-edged irony with heart-rending sensitivity…a provocative, observational piece.” **** The Stage

“Bittersweet story of two girls’ rebellion against the machine…laugh out loud funny, provocative, deeply sad” **** To Do List


Fran & Leni rides alone on Wednesday 19th April, but on Saturday 22nd there is a DOUBLE-BILL FANDANGO with Pramkicker.

Both plays have sold out their previous Southend dates dead quick so booking early is advised.

Both plays are an hour long. Interval inbetween for booze, obvs.

Single tickets £14.

Double Bill price £20.


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