debbie tucker green's nut is a play about a woman who wants to withdraw from the world. It was first performed in The Shed at the National Theatre, London, on 30 October 2013.
Elayne, a young black woman, is an obsessive, list-making semi-recluse who refuses to replace the batteries in her non-working doorbell. In Act One, we see Elayne speculating with her friends, Aimee and Devon, on the subject of funeral eulogies, each insisting that their own laying to rest will be the classier and better attended of the two. A young boy, Trey, floats into the action, singing; he is largely ignored by the other characters. In Act Two, the action switches to a furious row between a separated married couple – Elayne's younger sister and her former husband, Tyrone – over the husband's one-day-a-week custody of their 11-year-old daughter, Maya. The concluding act is a scene between Elayne and her sister, making clear the connections between the earlier scenes, and also the significance to Elayne of the burning cigarettes that conclude each segment.
The National Theatre premiere was directed by debbie tucker green and designed by Lisa Marie Hall, with Nadine Marshall as Elayne, Sophie Stanton as Aimee, Anthony Welsh as Devon, Tobi Adetunji/Zac Fitzgerald/Jayden Fowora-Knight as Trey, Sharlene Whyte as Ex-Wife and Gershwyn Eustache Jr as Ex-Husband.