|A Farnham Maltings and Orange Tree Theatre co-production.
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).