When Daphne is diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency at the age of nineteen, her sister Christine steps in to help in the only way she knows how: by donating her eggs. For a while, the world seems corrected. But as the years go by – and Daphne sets out on the long road of IVF – the sisters' relationship begins to twist.
Pennyroyal is a heartrending new play by Lucy Roslyn about sisterhood and motherhood, enduring love, and regrets many years in the making. Inspired by Edith Wharton's 1922 novella The Old Maid, it was premiered at the Finborough Theatre, London, in 2022, directed by Josh Roche.
'I think of my body sometimes like it's stubborn. We're not good friends. Like it's a spooky hotel, and I'm a ghost haunting it. 'Cause you don't live in a hotel, you just pass through.'
"A small, but almost perfectly-formed, triumph... an astute study of the complexities of a sibling relationship... a very insightful piece of writing; the dialogue is natural, sharply humorous and engages the audience fully... beautiful, moving and thoughtful'
- Broadway World
'Tender and intimate... Roslyn's writing is assured, and her play is a bittersweet delight'
- Reviews Hub
'Beautifully written... very funny, poignant and surprisingly moving... a wonderful new play'
Script published by Nick Hern Books - https://www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/pennyroyal
Directed by Josh Roche
Written by Lucy Roslyn
Starring Madison Clare and Lucy Roslyn
Produced by Jessie Anand Productions
Lights by Cheng Keng
Music by Hugh Sheehan
Set Design by Sophie Thomas
Design Associate Kit Hinchcliffe
Stage Manager Kit Fowler
Photos by: Boondog Theatre