"I hate change. I know everyone hates it a little bit – everyone’s scared of getting old, or the feel of a new toothbrush - but I really hate it. I throw up before the hairdressers – not ‘cause I care about what I look like or anything, just a fear of the unknown, of what’s on the other side."
Susie is 14 and everything is changing.
Her dad just left – taking the freezer with him. Her sister’s moved in with her new boyfriend, who washes up using his sleeve. And now her mum is dating Jesus.
All Susie wants is to play hockey at the Olympics and for everything to go back to normal, but she’s stuck in a new town at a new school and her mum just got a perm.
Can your dream come true if your life is a nightmare?
Armour is a coming-of-age story about growing up and facing your fears, written and performed by Emma Pritchard (Channel 4 Screenwriting 2019), co-creator of five-star comedy Split with Tamar Broadbent, winner of the Vault Festival Spirit Award in 2018: “Warm, witty and nostalgic” (The Stage), “Fast-paced action and razor-sharp one liners merit a laugh a minute... A triumph” (Hiive), “Side-splitting” (Broadway Baby).
Emma is a writer, performer, improviser and podcast host. She has been selected for the Channel 4 Screenwriting Programme 2019. Recent writing credits include The Guardians (Almeida Theatre) and five-star comedy Split co-written and performed with comedian Tamar Broadbent (Brighton Fringe, Leatherhead Theatre, Bunker Theatre and Vault Festival 2018 – winner of Festival Spirit Award). She is Resident Playwright at Caspa Arts and her play ‘Twistmas, co-written with Michelle Payne, will take place at the Bunker Theatre in December. She has been commissioned by Almeida Participation to write a play for young people to perform in 2019, inspired by the true story of 16th century pirate Grace O’Malley. Emma trained in long-form improvisation at The Free Association and performs with their house team The Millicent Tendrils Experience. She co-hosts popular feminist podcast Heroine Addicts and writes a comedy lifestyle blog about millennial anxiety called 24 Dilemmas. She currently works in the artistic team at the Almeida Theatre.
Director: Joshua Higgott
Josh is a theatre director and actor. His directing work includes productions of The Duchess of Malfi, The Way of the World and Othello at LAMDA, and he recently Assistant Directed on the national tour of Trial By Laughter. As an actor, his theatre credits include Hamlet, 1984, Oresteia and Shakespeare in Love. His film and television credits include Darkest Hour, Bohemian Rhapsody and McMafia.
Producer: Hannah Turk
Hannah Turk is a theatre producer and burgeoning stand up comedian. Producing credits include Dan Why Why Wye?! in association with Loumgair Collective, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Oval Space, The Baby Act (a work in progress, The Barbican & Richmix), Blind Date (musical song writing competition, Iris Theatre), Flight Lessons (Edinburgh Fringe) and various theatre projects with Dogs of War Theatre. Hannah currently works at the RSC as Production Assistant on Matilda the Musical UK & Ireland Tour.
Praise for previous work:
Everything Theatre – Five Stars
“Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. David Mitchell and Robert Webb. It’s no secret that two is the magic number when it comes to comedy and, after last night’s performance of ‘Split’ at VAULT Festival, it strikes me that Emma Pritchard and Tamar Broadbent could well be next to join that list [... ] ‘Split’ holds a mirror up to every woman in the audience and leaves them raucously laughing.”
Spy in the Stalls – Five Stars
“This play is cringey, nostalgic, timeless and the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in a long time”
“Warm, witty and nostalgic”
Broadway Baby – Four Stars
"Hilarious, pitch perfect portrayal of young female friendship"
Hiive – Four Stars
"Fast-paced action and razor-sharp one liners merit a laugh a minute [... ] A triumph”