A brutal, authentic, hard-hitting drama about survival, love and trying to escape your past.

Pink needs Rolly. Rolly needs Pink. Pink is sucked in and Rolly wants out but where do you find a compromise in between the zig-a-zig-ah?

A story of two sisters trapped in their decaying nest, tied to a past the refuses to release them.

Pests was commissioned by Clean Break, a women’s theatre company set up by two female prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience.

Director: Lucy Curtis

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann

Production Information




24th - 29th of June


£10 / £8

Show Dates

24th - 29th of June

Running Time: TBC

Interval: Yes. 15 minutes

Age Restriction: 14+

Any Warnings: Scenes of heavy drug use and reference to rape

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  • They're back... This May, Girl Gang Manchester return to Hope Mill following last years' highly successful production of 'Romeo & Juliet'. Young HAMLET returns home from university to discover that, not only is their father newly dead, but that their mother, Gertrude, has married their father’s brother, Claudius, and that Claudius is now king. 
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