Old Trunk is a two-girl operation. Sadie Hasler and Sarah Mayhew are fuelled by feist, love and black coffee – and dedicated to creating strong roles for women in plays about women, driven by women. This shit definitely passes the Bechdel test.
Their first two-hander, Pramkicker – 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. More about Pramkicker.
Swift on the heels of Pramkicker came the two-girl 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. Fran & Leni is a full-throttle tale of escape and lifelong friendship set in 1970s punk London and spanning the decades through to 1996. More about Fran & Leni here.
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, 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
Their patrons are Deborah Frances-White, Phill Jupitus, and Jenny Eclair. They are mentored by arts organisation Metal and Anthony Roberts of Colchester Arts Centre, and have been supported by Arts Council England four times in as many years. They are resident artists at E15 Drama School’s Clifftown Theatre.