Plays by Sophie Wu

Ramona Tells Jim  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Sophie Wu's Ramona Tells Jim is darkly comic debut play about confession and the gravity of young love. It was commissioned by the Bush Theatre, London, and first performed there on 20 September 2017.

The play takes place in the town of Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland, switching between two time periods,1998 and 2013. In 2013, Jim, a 32-year-old loner who collects crustaceans and acts as a luckless tourist guide, is being badgered by his 19-year-old girlfriend, Pocahontas, to settle down. She dreams of marriage, a job as a mortgage adviser and a four-bedroom house. What changes their lives is the unexpected arrival of an eccentric English woman, Ramona, whom Jim has not seen for fifteen years, since 1998, when the two of them lost their virginity on a beach while awaiting a rare meteor shower. Back then, the 16-year-old Ramona had been visiting Mallaig on a geography field trip, but she got caught in a scandal that has haunted her ever since.

The Bush Theatre production was directed by Mel Hillyard and designed by Lucy Sierra. It was performed by Ruby Bentall as Ramona, Joe Bannister as Jim and Amy Lennox as Pocahontas.

Sophie Wu is an actress and a writer for screen and stage. Her plays include Ramona Tells Jim (Bush Theatre, London, 2017); and a one-woman show, Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like She’s Dead (Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre, 2014).