Fanny and Faggot

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784600518.00000008
Roles: Male (2) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Jack Thorne's play Fanny and Faggot presents two distinct moments in the life of Mary Bell, the eleven-year-old Newcastle girl who was convicted of the manslaughter of two toddlers in 1968. It was first performed at the Finborough Theatre, London, on 30 January 2007. (A version of the first part of the play, Two Little Boys, was staged at the Lift venue at the Pleasance as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2004).

The play is in two parts, which 'can be performed together or separately'. Part One: Two Little Boys is presented as an exercise in theatrical game playing, with two actors identified primarily with Mary Bell and with her friend Norma Bell (no relation, also involved but ultimately found not guilty of the crimes) playing childish games that gradually reveal the facts of the case. The two actresses step in and out of several other roles including judges, parents and abusers. Part Two: Superstar takes place ten years later in 1978. Mary and a friend from the open prison where she is serving her sentence abscond for the weekend to Blackpool, where they meet two young soldiers on leave from Northern Ireland.

The Finborough Theatre premiere was directed by Stephen Keyworth and designed by Georgia Lowe. It was performed by Sophie Fletcher, Elicia Daly, Diana May, Christopher Daley and Simon Darwen.

From Stacy & Fanny and Faggot: two plays

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Nick Hern Books

Jack Thorne

ISBN: 9781854599896

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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