Old Trunk is a two-woman theatrical operation. As Artistic Directors, we – Sadie Hasler (Playwright/Actor) and Sarah Mayhew (Actor/Director) – are dedicated to creating strong roles for women, in plays about women, driven by women. This shit definitely passes the Bechdel test. We also simultaneously thwack back with nonchalant superhero ka-pow all the shit that comes with being female, from Essex, working class, and poor as fuck because we whole-heartedly choose a life in the Arts. Like it’s nothing. But of course, we all know it is not nothing.
Our first two-hander, PRAMKICKER, an unrelentingly sharp comedy about what it means to be a modern woman, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama – premiered at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton in 2015, went on to Latitude Festival, Assembly Edinburgh 2015, then was invited to be part of the King’s Head Theatre‘s 40 year anniversary celebration of new writing. It then toured the UK and was invited back to both the Marlborough and the King’s Head.
Swift on the heels of Pramkicker came our ferocious punk play FRAN & LENI – also published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama – which premiered at Latitude 2016 and went on to an acclaimed run at Assembly Edinburgh 2016, toured the UK with assistance from Arts Council England, and had a big London finale as part of the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Season 2017.
PREVIOUS TO PRAMKICKER & FRAN & LENI
Old Trunk’s first play THE BASTARD CHILDREN OF REMINGTON STEELE premiered at Camden People’s Theatre, sold out a run at the Leicester Square Theatre, then appeared to critical acclaim with its prequel THE SECRET WIVES OF ANDY WILLIAMS at Underbelly Edinburgh 2014. They then presented a scratch performance of BLAZED at Pulse Festival 2015.
OTHER THEATRICAL SHENANIGANS
Old Trunk featured in an Observer spread as pick of the fringe, appeared at the Storytellers Club at Latitude 2014, appeared in The Sunday Times Magazine as a company “making waves”, were selected for Escalator East To Edinburgh in 2014, curated Old Trunk theatre tent for Metal’s Village Green Festival 2013, represented the Arts at the House of Commons, continue to run the successful storytelling night Tales & Ales, and toured a two-woman adaptation of Hasler’s one-woman show Lady Bones around the UK.
PATRONS, MENTORS, & ASSOCIATE ARTISTS
RESIDENT ARTISTS AT: E15 Drama School’s Clifftown Theatre
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Douglas Rintoul
SUPPORTED BY: Arts Council England (four times in as many years)
AWESOME PEOPLE WE’VE WORKED WITH
ORIGINAL FRAN & LENI MUSIC BY: Fi & Dave Dulake of the Tuppenny Bunters, with lyrics by Sadie Hasler
FILM DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER: Andy Delaney
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Sarah Georgeson
TECHNICAL BRILLIANCE: Liam Pike, Benjy Adams, George Galkin
SET DESIGNERS: Re-Scape
PHOTOGRAPHER: Simon Fowler
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: GSM Design