DOI: 10.5040/9781784600518.00000003
Roles: Male (1) , Female (0) , Neutral (0)

Jack Thorne's Stacy is a sexually explicit confessional monologue for one male performer and a slide projector. It was first performed at the Arcola Theatre, London, on 6 February 2007.

The play is performed by an actor operating a slide projector, displaying images as specified in the playscript. The actor plays Rob, an 'ordinary-looking' 26 year old. Rob works in a call-centre – a job for which he claims he is vastly overqualified – and lives in Croydon with his brother. Following an unexpected sexual encounter with his best friend Stacy the night before, he has turned up at her house hoping to continue where they left off. But when Stacy’s flatmate Shona arrives first, he makes a terrible decision that will change the course of his life forever.

In his introduction to Jack Thorne Plays: One (Nick Hern Books, 2014), Thorne writes of Stacy: 'I think it’s probably about loneliness more than anything else. It was written concurrently with When You Cure Me but over a much longer period of time. I was living in Croydon with my brother while I was writing it, still ill, still unsure how to be, and I had decided I didn’t really need friends. I mean, any friends. It was an odd decision that made me slightly odd. Not that I’m capable of those acts that Rob does in the play, but that feeling of utter hopelessness and hatred to all others, I think is one I recognise from that time.'

The Arcola Theatre premiere was directed by Hamish Pirie and designed by Beck Rainford. It was performed by Arthur Darvill.

The play was revived in October 2007 at the Trafalgar Studios in the West End in a production again directed by Hamish Pirie, and performed by Ralf Little. It was performed in a double bill with Thorne's play Fanny and Faggot.

From Stacy & Fanny and Faggot: two plays


Nick Hern Books

Jack Thorne

ISBN: 9781854599896

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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