By Deborah McAndrew

Produced by The New Vic Theatre – July 2008 

Directed by Gwenda Hughes

Designed by Lis Evans

Published by Nick Nern Books


A big-hearted, bittersweet comedy about mothers, sisters, love and lies.

In her Yorkshire council house, no-nonsense Mari is having a clear out. She is terminally ill with cancer, and she doesn’t want anyone else going through her things ‘after’.  There’s a lifetime of clutter to be sorted, the house to clean from top to bottom, and the squirrels in the loft to be dealt before she can finally bow out. 

But, as well as memories of holidays in Mablethorpe and day trips to Flamingoland, there’s a big box of family secrets to dust off and unwrap. Will Mari decide to let sleeping dogs lie? Or are some things too important to stay hidden forever?

Dark and farcical, this is the story of four women who can’t talk about their feelings, and one pest exterminator who can.

‘Deborah McAndrew… has succeeded in writing four substantial roles for women’ Guardian


Photographs from The New Vic Theatre Production © Robert Day

Tricia Kelly as Mari 

Tina Gray as Bridie



Nicola Sanderson as Kathleen



Paul Barnhill as Dave

Becky Hindley as Sadie



Tricia Kelly



Nicola Sanderson, Becky Hindley and Tina Gray

Becky Hindley and Tina Gray








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