Jacqui Honess-Martin

Plays by Jacqui Honess-Martin


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Jacqui Honess-Martin’s play Pine is a comedy about a group of recent graduates doing seasonal work selling Christmas trees in an affluent part of London. It was first performed at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London, on 10 December 2015.

The play is set, according to a note in the script, in 'December this year, [in] a car park in an affluent London "village", transformed annually into a large Christmas-tree store, Festive Pines'. Gabby, aged twenty-five, the manager, has a first-class honours degree and an MA, but somehow has found herself working at Festive Pines for the third year running. Betty, twenty-one, wishes she was ice-skating with her mates at Somerset House rather than ‘gaining work experience’. Joe, twenty-three, the assistant manager, is nursing a broken hand, and heart, by lugging trees. Taj, twenty-two, can’t decide whether he’s in love with Gabby or Betty. And they’re all being driven out of their minds by Christmas songs on repeat...

The Hampstead Theatre premiere was directed by Lisa Spirling and designed by Polly Sullivan, with Hannah Britland as Gabby, Matt Whitchurch as Joe, Lucy May Barker as Betty, Ronak Patani as Taj and David Mumeni as Sami.

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Jacqui Honess-Martin is a playwright and theatre director. Her plays include Pine (Hampstead Theatre, 2015) and Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre, New York, 2008). As Artistic Director of InSite Performance she has written and directed We Have Fallen (IdeasTap Underbelly Award, Edinburgh); SMITH (The British Museum); Antigone (Walworth Council Chambers); and directed Abyss and Larisa and the Merchants (Arcola Theatre).