Sara, 37, is newly single and recovering from the painful end to her first queer relationship and life-changing introduction to submission and kink.
Surrounded by the predictable pressures of womanhood in your late 30’s; motherhood, marriage and planning a move to zone 6, Sara is certain none of those life goals are for her – in fact they make her itch.
A lecherous boss, an uptight mother with questionable opinions who certainly wasn’t prepared for Sara’s life choices and composed best-friend-from-school-mother-of-two Jen is VERY worried about Sara’s lack of direction. Her heart has been broken and stamped to pieces, but the awakening of this relationship has changed her forever. Sara is coming to realise that she’s barely thought about who she really is and what she really wants.
“Thirsty” explores contemporary womanhood, sexuality, motherhood, queerness and the many divergent paths moving through our 30’s.
Bruised Sky was founded in 2009 with the aim of producing brave, dynamic new writing and shining a light on untold stories, speaking for those that might otherwise stay silent. Recently produced work includes 4 by Sarah Milton and Dolly by Chantelle Dusette (Park Theatre, May 2022).
Bruised Sky has produced work at venues including Soho Theatre, VAULT Festival, Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh & Dublin Fringe. Other recent work includes ‘Jury’ (Park Theatre/ Zoom) and ‘Bruised Sky-Solation', a series of new monologues created during lockdown which received over 100k views on Twitter.
Stephanie Martin's credits include "Joy" Theatre Royal Stratford East (in development as a feature film with BFI). Alkaline, Park Theatre. “Halbwelt Kultur”, The Other Palace. “Rage, but Hope”. Summerhall, Edinburgh / Streatham Space Project. A short play commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe. "Passion Fruit" co-written with Dior Clarke The Glory / New Diorama Theatre. Juniper and Jules won the first Show of the Week/Vault Festival in January 2019, focusing on a romantic relationship between two women – non-monogamy in a complex but positive light, bisexual identity, and the LGBTQ+ community. “Juniper and Jules” transferred to Soho Theatre in May 2022.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work
The Times - “irrepressible swaggering spirit that sweeps you along and leaves you glowing” (for Joy)
Time Out - “glows with easy affection” "delicate tenderness” (for Joy)
The Stage - “engaging and thought-provoking” The Stage (for Joy)
SpyInTheStalls ★★★★★ 'Beautifully crafted, unsentimental and real.' (for Joy)
For Juniper and Jules:
Lyn Gardner - "Terrifically enjoyable rom-com with a sting in its tale"
Broadway World - ★★★★ "delicate yet biting tale of queer love"
"Martin’s play sidesteps schmaltz with bold, original verve... zest and freshness in Martin’s funny, sweet and quietly radical script that this couple’s story feels entirely unique, their dialogue staying sharp and original" The Guardian
Bruised Sky Productions:
The Stage – ★★★★ “Things move at exactly the right pace to keep the audiences attention and sympathy”
Stage Talk Magazine - ★★★★★ “Every gesture, turn of phrase and facial expression is perfectly judged”
One4Review - ★★★★★ “Asking for a play to last longer is hardly a criticism though and I thoroughly recommend this play.”
Fringebiscuit - ★★★★ “Beresford delivers a powerful performance as both inmate & prison officer in this brilliant study of power & manipulation”
LondonTheatre1 – ★★★★★ “A bold, provocative and darkly comic coming-of-age tale”
FringeReview’s “Highly Recommended Show” selection.
Cast & Creative Team Writer: Stephanie Martin
Director: Scott Le Crass
Actor: Louise Beresford
Producer: Ellie Stone / Bruised Sky Productions