Cosmic Scallies

By Jackie Hagan. Directed by Amit Sharma.
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company co-production
Part of Northern Stage at Summerhall
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

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.


Tour dates

Sat 5 – Sat 26 August 2017 (except Wednesdays) | 18:30 (70 mins approx).
Northern Stage at Summerhall, Edinburgh  
Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
£12 (£10)
Tickets 0131 560 1581 |
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Wed 27 September – Saturday 14 October
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Tickets 0161 833 9833 |


Download the press release here.

Cosmic Scallies will also form part of the Royal Exchange Theatre autumn season, announced in late May 2017.


  • Shaun
    Reuben Johnson
  • Dent
    Rachel Denning
  • Director — Amit Sharma
  • Writer — Jackie Hagan
  • Designer — Bethany Wells
  • Lighting and captioning Designer — Joshua Pharo
  • Sound Designer and Composer — Lewis Gibson
Performance schedule
  • Saturday 5 - Saturday 26 August 2017 Northern Stage at Summerhall