Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous. – Collins English Dictionary.
Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in 00s Brentwood. She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie and Mash and Charlie Red body spray. She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else.
Follow Kirsty’s story through the house parties and Irish pubs of Essex. From West Ham matches to choir practice, pre-drinks to registration, she will tell you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl.
Developed with support from Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Young Company.
Shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award 2018.
Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Romford. She has been a resident artist for Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre, and commissioned by Royal Academy of Art and BBC Radio One. Her five star debut one-woman show, Fat Girls Don't Dance, won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show 2017, and is published by Oberon Books. Her second play, Essex Girl, was developed with support from Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Theatre Young Company, and was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award 2018. She is currently working on her debut poetry collection, which will be published in 2019.
Writer: Maria Ferguson
Performer: Maria Ferguson
Director: Lucy Bairstow
Photo Credit: Suzi Corker
Praise for previous work
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ***** Stunning debut
Reviews Hub ****A feast of honesty and emotion
The Stage, Candid and disarming
Independent, Extremely moving, yet deeply witty