HighTide presents a preview production of LIT by Sophie Ellerby.

“I’m making him work for it. Got him to buy me a pack of tangfastics and a can of lilt before I showed him my tits.”

LIT is a raw journey of a young girl’s desire to be loved. The problem with love is that it’s different for everyone. For Bex, love is a handjob in detention and the promise of a Chinese buffet. She doesn’t even like Chinese. How long can she keep searching for love in the wrong places before she ends up burnt?

This is a semi-staged performance of a production that will feature as part of HighTide 2018.

We welcome your feedback on this early draft to help the development of the scripts.

Sophie is a young writer whose main interest lies in every day people, from ‘the old lady with the funny eye clutching the tartan shopping trolley on Holloway Road, to the young girl on the Victoria line licking the McDonalds BBQ sauce straight out of the pot’. Sophie’s play is inspired by her time working in prisons during her studies in Manchester where she learnt about Theatre in Prisons. 

Running time: 1h 30m

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Cast & Creatives

  • Sophie Ellerby Writer
    Sophie studied drama at the University of Manchester. She was awarded a place on HighTide’s First Commission scheme in 2016 and wrote her debut play LIT, which will be produced by HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse in 2019. Other work includes THREE, performed at the Arcola Theatre in 2017 and both Function and crabs for the National Youth Theatre. She is currently under commission to the National Youth Theatre and Fifth Word Theatre and is Writer in Residence at Pentabus Theatre for 2018/19. Sophie is dedicated to working on projects that challenge social norms and ignite community imagination. Her plays aim to tackle provocative societal questions in an accessible and human way.
  • Stef O'Driscoll Director
    Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith. Upcoming directing includes: LIT by Sophie Ellerby (Nottingham Playhouse and HighTide September 2019) and A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST by Sabrina Mahfouz (Royal Court October 2019). For Paines Plough: Daughterhood by Charley Miles; On The Other Hand, We’re Happy by Daf James; Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency by Nathan Bryon; Sticks and Stones by Vinay Patel; Island Town by Simon Longman; With A Little Bit Of Luck by Sabrina Mahfouz; Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest; Blister by Laura Lomas; and as Assistant Director: Wasted by Kate Tempest. For nabokov: Last Night by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude); Box Clever by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout/Bunker); Storytelling Army (Brighton Festival) and Slug by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude). For the Lyric, as Co Director: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as Associate Director: Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange); as Assistant Director: Blasted – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011. Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House); A Tale From The Bedsit by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival); Finding Home by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse); A Guide To Second Date Sex and When Women Wee (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: Henry IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).