“So, I have to grab a pair of socks off the dryer and put them on so they can kind of soak up the blood and hide my ankles… I said I was wearing the socks because if your feet are warm, you’re more likely to orgasm. Which is true, by the way.”
Meet GIRL. For too long, she’s been hiding her scratches with unfashionably long socks, clever white lies and period pads. But now she and her fabulous BEST FRIEND are here to set the record straight.
SCRATCHES is a funny and honest story of the events that shape us. It’s about self-harm, recovery and reaching out to friends. It’s about talking through the hard stuff, but with a song and a dance, a microphone and confetti. So much confetti.
We are Plain Heroines- a female led theatre company who make funny plays about difficult subjects.
After a successful run, our 2020 VAULT Show ‘The 4th Country’ by Kate Reid transferred to the Park Theatre in January 2022. The play was also a finalist for the 2020 Pleasance Theatre Charlie Hartill Award.
Previous work includes: The 4th Country (VAULT 2020, Park Theatre 2022, Charlie Hartill Award Finalist), ENTROPY (Park Theatre), MADWOMEN (NSDF Shortlist, Eddies Award Shortlist, EdFringe Review Pick of the Fringe), THREE DAYS' TIME (EdFringe 2016) and JANUARY (White Bear Festival). We have also had work produced at Jermyn Street Theatre (2021) Southwark Playhouse (2018) and were selected for Pleasance 2019 Reading Week, established by Pleasance Futures.
Press & Reviews
Praise for The 4th Country - VAULT 2020 and Park Theatre
Spy in the Stalls ★★★★★ "An exceptional piece of work"
The Stage ★★★★ "Ambitious, entertaining and resonant"
British Theatre Guide "this powerful play is occasionally amusing, always well performed, sharply written and if that wasn’t enough it is also very entertaining.”
WhatsOnStage "Undoubtedly a writer and company to watch out for."
Exeunt "Superbly written and expertly acted"
The Reviews Hub ★★★★
Broadway World ★★★★
Theatre Weekly ★★★★
Fairy Powered Productions ★★★★
Pocket Size Theatre ★★★★
A Younger Theatre "Kennan is the star of the show”
The Times "Kennan is clearly a promising young talent." (The Times)
Cast & Creative Team Writer/GIRL: AOIFE KENNAN
Training: LAMDA (2016-2018)
Actor: Blue Jean (BBC/ Kleio Film, 2022); C-O-N-T-A-C-T (Aria Ents, 2020); THE 4th COUNTRY (VAULT Festival and Park Theatre 2020/2022), GOOD WOMEN (2019) (VAULT Festival); FOR SERVICES RENDERED (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2019); Victoria (ITV, 2016); HENRY V (2015), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (2016) (Cambridge Arts Theatre)
Writer: SCRATCHES ( ‘Branching Out’, Jermyn Street Theatre, 2021); AND THEN A GOD FELL FROM THE CEILING (Masterclass Script Sessions); MADWOMEN (Edinburgh Fringe 2016).
Aoife is a member of the Royal Court Writers Group and is developing a new comic play as part of the Sky Comedy Rep, a partnership between the Birmingham Rep and Sky Comedy.
Best Friend: ZAK GHAZI-TORBATI
Actor/Writer: HOT GAY TIME MACHINE (Sold-out runs at Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and a residency at The Other Palace. Winner: Eddies Award, The Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence and Brighton Fringe 2018 LGBTQ+ Award); AGE OF OUTRAGE (BBC 1 Wales, 2020)
Writer: COURTNEY ACT'S CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA (Channel 4) and THE OTHER HALF (UKTV/ Dave/ Ranga Bee Productions)
Director: GABRIELLA BIRD
As Director: CORAM BOY (Rose Bruford), THE 4TH COUNTRY (Park Theatre, VAULT 2020) MRS & MRS NOBODY (Jermyn Street 2021), ROMEO & JULIET (Guildford Shakespeare Company 2018 - 2021), ENTROPY (Park Theatre Script Accelerator 2019), THE ACID TEST (Cockpit), MADWOMEN, THREE DAYS' TIME (Edinburgh Fringe 2016); TWELFTH NIGHT (European Tour 2016)
Assistant / Associate Director include: RUTHERFORD & SON (Sheffield Crucible), CABARET (English Theatre Frankfurt & Deutches Theater Munich); 15 HEROINES (Jermyn Street Theatre & Digital Theatre 2020) THE LAST TEMPTATION (Park 200), MISS JULIE, BOLD GIRLS, SINGLE SPIES (Theatre by the Lake).