Cosmic Scallies

By Jackie Hagan. Directed by Amit Sharma.
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company co-production.
Reviews
  • North West End "Jackie Hagan has created a tender and funny portrait of her much maligned Lancashire home town. " Read more...
  • The Scotsman "Beautifully evoked...an assured debut" Read more...
  • Disability Arts Online "Laced with a delightful combination of poetic flourishes and laugh-out-loud one-liners." Read more...
  • The Greater Manchester Reviewer "Cosmic Scallies is a little gem, it may be full of comical one-liners but there really is a grim and sombre undertone which leaves a sense of uncomfortable shock."

Watch the trailer by clicking on the ‘play’ icon in image above. 

A witty and touching new play about class, friendship and absence, set in the forgotten town of Skelmersdale by award-winning spoken word artist Jackie Hagan.

We’re cosmic scallies, we dance on the off-beat, we’re wonky shopping trollies, we’re forgotten and trod on, we’re gravy stained and piss sodden, we’re the breath between coughing fits.”

Shaun and Dent grew up best friends on the same council estate in Skem. Dent left, full of ambition, but 10 years later she’s back. Can Shaun convince her Skem is an inheritance better than any house?

Directed by Amit Sharma, The Solid Life of Sugar Water; ‘startlingly good’ ★★★★ (The Times, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2015).

All performances include creative captioning and audio description.

Graeae and The Royal Exchange Theatre are supported by Arts Council England.

Download the press release here.

Image gallery

  • Cosmic Scallies 2017 Rachel Denning (Dent) & Reuben Johnson (Shaun) Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • Cosmic Scallies 2017. Rachel Denning (Dent) & Reuben Johnson (Shaun) Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • Cosmic Scallies 2017. Reuben Johnson (Shaun) & Rachel Denning (Dent) Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • Cosmic Scallies 2017. Reuben Johnson (Shaun) & Rachel Denning (Dent) Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • Cosmic Scallies 2017. Reuben Johnson (Shaun) & Rachel Denning (Dent) Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • Cosmic Scallies 2017. Reuben Johnson (Shaun) & Rachel Denning (Dent) Photo: Jonathan Keenan
  • Cosmic Scallies 2017. Reuben Johnson (Shaun) & Rachel Denning (Dent) Photo: Jonathan Keenan

Image gallery

Cast
  • Shaun
    Reuben Johnson
  • Dent
    Rachel Denning
Credits
  • Director — Amit Sharma
  • Writer — Jackie Hagan
  • Assistant Director — James Varney
  • Designer — Bethany Wells
  • Lighting and Captioning Designer — Joshua Pharo
  • Sound Designer and Composer — Lewis Gibson
  • Movement Director — Chi San Howard
  • Voice Coach — Elspeth Morrison
  • Dramaturg — Jeff Young
Performance schedule