A dark comedy about an Irish male nanny who works for rich single mums in West London.
Manny is enjoying a Peter Pan-esque lifestyle of well paid cash-in-hand work & settling for meaningless dates with women who harmonise happy birthday with their eyes closed, just to disguise himself from the fact that he’s letting life go by without following any real purpose, or allowing himself to really feel anything substantial or lasting.
Throughout the story, he meets Molly, an actress disillusioned with life, as she sells beetroot brownies in Borough market, as opposed to playing Cleopatra on Broadway, & becomes an unlikely role model for Michael, a 7 year old spoilt, seemingly irredeemable product of a loveless marriage. All three characters face a potential future of unrequited dreams, and all three will have their lives changed by the events that occur.
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY Sam McArdle
DIRECTED BY Melanie Fullbrook
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Can Avnii
SOUND DESIGN BY Charlie Smith
ARTWORK AND POSTER DESIGN BY Rebecca Need Menear, Jesper Tielbeke and Jonny Murphy
REHEARSAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY James Corrigan
LONDON PERFORMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY BY Gabriel Bush
“McArdle offers a full-throttle performance but knows exactly when to slam on the brakes” – ★★★★★ The Recs
★★★★ Broadway World
“McArdle… his comedic timing is excellent.” – ★★★★ Everything Theatre
“An enjoyable and laugh-out-loud funny play with honest observations” – ★★★★ Rev Stan
“This piece can be seen from one perspective as a satisfying form of comeuppance” – ★★★★ Lost In Theatreland
“Captivating, enthralling & meaningful… with a dash of dark & brilliant banter” – ★★★★ Fringe Theatre Reviews
“Charmingly funny throughout… McArdle exhibits fiery passion” – ★★★★ Mickey Jo