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Theatre503 and Adam Goodbody present

Bonsai Baby

Part of 503Resets
Written by Lucy Hayes
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“I wander around the empty streets for a bit. I need a wee. No one tells you how to fill your time when your mum is nearly but not quite dead yet.”

After a lifetime of drinking, Ruby’s mum has been given 24 hours to live. But Ruby’s got a therapist and a self-help book and she’s doing fine. Really good actually. She’s off social media, pumping whale music, and thinks the ICU is the perfect place to practise mindfulness. That is until a man jumps out at her in an alley, her estranged twin sister returns, and she finds herself flirting at a salsa class instead of by her mum’s bedside…

Dizzying, irreverent and heart-wrenching, Bonsai Baby is a comic exploration of the gap between self-care and self-love, asking how, and who, we care for during times of great uncertainty. This is for anyone who loves someone who’s hurt them. Anyone who finds family love difficult. Anyone who has high-functioning chaos energy

This is the debut play from director Lucy Hayes.

Bonsai Baby is a Co-Production between Theatre503 and Adam Goodbody.

Runtime: Approx 60 minutes

Age Guidance: 14+

Content warnings: The play discusses alcoholism 

Lucy Hayes

Lucy Hayes is a writer and director from East London. Bonsai Baby is her first
play. As director, credits include: But Still Michael Grew (BBC Radio Bristol), The
Wind Blows Free (Tristan Bates), Hedda (Oxford Playhouse). As assistant
director: Raya (Hampstead Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), and
Earthquakes in London (Bristol Old Vic). She holds an MA in Directing from
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Artistic Team
Lucy Hayes
Lucy Hayes
Bea Wilson
Lighting Designer
Ed Saunders
Sound Designer
Francesca Amewudah Rivers
Adam Goodbody
Assistant Producer
Isabelle Rahim
Chanel Waddock
With the voice of
Charlotte East
With the voice of
Mara Allen

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