jess and joe forever

Farnham Maltings announces its first production at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, the critically acclaimed Jess and Joe Forever.

A Farnham Maltings and Orange Tree Theatre co-production.

World premiere September 2016 at Orange Tree Theatre. Originally commissioned by Old Vic New Voices. Supported by Arts Council England.

Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred and wears wellies. Jess holidays there with her au pair and is slightly too tubby for her summer dresses. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other. This is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), boys, girls, secrets, scotch eggs and maybe even love, but most of all, it’s about friendship.

Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong somewhere, if you can really belong anywhere. It is a layered and thoughtful play about finding your place in the world when you only know a small corner of it.

Written by Zoe Cooper (Nativities; Live, Man on the Moon; New Writing North/Sage) and Directed by Derek Bond (Little Shop of Horrors; Royal Exchange Theatre and Many Moons; Theatre503).


Winner of Most Promising New Playwright, The Offies 2017, Zoe Cooper for Jess and Joe Forever

“The lightness of touch and splashes of humour quietly, charmingly, deftly coalesce into heartrending and heartwarming beauty.” ★★★★ The Stage

“Very wise, very funny – and feels utterly authentic” ★★★★ Time Out

““If Zoe Cooper’s play looks like a country boy meets city girl story, it springs a whole heap of surprises before its done.” ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

“This is a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful.” ★★★★ Evening Standard


Touring again in Summer/Autumn 2017



Jess and Joe Forever premiered at The Orange Tree Theatre (8 Sep – 8 Oct 2016) before touring England (13 Oct – 4 Nov 2016).


Date Time Venue
8th Sep-8th Oct 7.30pm The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
13th Oct 8.00pm The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, Hampshire
14th-15th Oct 8.00pm The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, Kent
18th Oct 7.30pm The Garage, Norwich, Norfolk
19th Oct 8.00pm Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk
20th Oct 7.30pm Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, Essex
21st Oct 8.00pm Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, Essex
22nd Oct 8.00pm Cornerstone, Didcot, Oxfordshire
25th-26th Oct 7.30pm Live Theatre Newcastle
1st-2nd Nov 8.00pm Watford Palace Theatre
3rd Nov 7.30pm Farnham Maltings, Surrey
4th Nov 7.30pm The Studio @TPS, Petersfield, Hampshire