Yen by Anna Jordan


by Anna Jordan

One dog, two teenage brothers, and a girl from the flat opposite.
A love story. Of sorts.

Teenage brothers Bobbie and Hench spend their days and nights in mum’s flat in Chelmsley Wood. Home Alone. Streaming porn and playing COD. Mum visits. Occasionally. Then one day Jenny knocks on the door. The boys begin to discover a world far beyond the feral one that they understand and trust. A world full of possibilities and of love, but also one of danger.

Anna Jordan’s Bruntwood Prize winning YEN  is a hard-hitting, yet engaging and incredibly rewarding exploration of a childhood lived without boundaries, and the consequences of being required to survive on your own and grow up before your time.


The action takes place on an estate in Chelmsley wood, Birmingham.


Scene 1: Present day. 10pm.

Scene 2: The next morning.

Scene 3: Night time.

Scene 4: The next day.

Scene 5: The next day. Afternoon.

Scene 6: Three weeks later.

Scene 7: A week later.

Scene 8: Very early the following morning.

Scene 9: Later that afternoon.




Scene 10: Four and a half months later.

Scene 11: Three months later. Christmas Eve.

Scene 12: The same day.

Scene 13: Christmas Day.


Ian Robert Moule

Ian is co-founder and artistic director of Gritty Theatre.

For Gritty Theatre he has directed: About a Goth, Amateur Girl, Bones, Chapel Street, The Night Before Christmas, Stacey, Bottleneck, Fred and Ginger and Yen.

Other productions include:

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast, The Telephone, A Hand of Bridge, Little Shop of Horrors, The History Boys, Lord of the Flies, Notes for a first time Astronaut, Taming of the Shrew, and Cooking with Elvis.

Ian studied at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hamburg. He has worked for Hamburg State Opera, Stadttheater Bielefeld, Cologne Opera House, Spoleto Festival USA, Glyndebourne, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Royal Opera House London.

Sound Designer

Ben is a sound engineer, usually working in audio post production for television and radio. He has also worked on several short films which have been showcased at the Cyprus Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival. This is his first theatre production.


Blake Heaven

Blake Heaven


This is Blake’s debut performance for Gritty Theatre after training at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on a foundation Acting course.


Theatre credits include: The Investigation, It Snows, Richard III, Oedipus and Jekyll and Hyde.


Film Credits include: Kissed Crowns, Couple of the Decade and The Land of Dope and Glory.


Blake is represented by Actors Direct.

HENCH, his brother

Dominic Thompson

Dominic is co-founder and producer for Gritty Theatre. Associate Director on Yen.

He has produced all of their productions to date. As an actor for them, he has appeared in: About a Goth, Bones, Chapel Street, Death of a Clown, Night before Christmas, Bottleneck, Fred and Ginger and Yen.

Other theatre includes: The History Boys, Lord of the Flies, Dogs of War and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dominic has appeared in films including The Day That Broke, Thy Name is Woman and Brumville. Film shorts include: Scratch That, It Was Us, and Return of the Ring.

Television appearances include Lucid: The Dreamwalker.

            Dominic is represented by Red Talent Management.

MAGGIE, their mother

Demelza O'sullivan

I currently train with Director and Acting Coach, Tracey Street in Birmingham.

Previous theatre includes: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, ‘Cheaters’ at Bury Met, Coombe Abbey Medieval Banquets, ‘Damn Yankees’ and ‘A Christmas Carol,’ both at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Radio: Jesus Piece for BBC Radio Drama, Birmingham

I have also appeared in several independent films and shorts, including ‘Patient 52’ directed by Birmingham director, Sonny Chohan.

Demelza is represented by Red Talent Management.


Tilly Farrell Whitehouse

While Tilly was studying Acting at BMAPA college she was introduced to Gritty Theatre. During this time she worked mainly on musical theatre in Parade, Titanic, 13! and Avenue Q. She has appeared in short advertisement for ‘Our Society’ and ‘Our Place’. This is her second time working Gritty. She has appeared as ‘Izzy’ in Fred & Ginger, which recently had its debut at Bath Fringe. Tilly is excited to be part of ‘YEN’ and cannot wait to show her portrayal of Jennifer.