Off-Broadway smash, Dry Land, comes to Jermyn St Theatre

Dry Land

There was always something about the changing rooms at school. They had the air of the confessional (albeit smelling of deodorant, sweat and cheap soap), somewhere you could exchange confidences and concerns in the certain knowledge that the information wouldn’t go any further than those four walls.

Jermyn Street Theatre has crossed the pond for an American fringe production set in a high school locker room that won rave reviews when it opened off Broadway.

Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land was greeted with ecstatic reviews and queues around the block when it premiered at the Here Arts Center in New York a year ago.

A finalist for the prestigious Susan Blackburn award and heaped with praise, the 21-year-old playwright was named a “fearless” writer who could expect a glittering career ahead.

Dry Land, set in the girls’ locker room of a Florida high school, is an energetic four-hander that explores an unlikely friendship that is put to the most extreme of tests.

Tackling issues surrounding abortion, female sexuality and pressures of youth, Dry Land is a searing portrait of adolescent friendship and resilience through crisis.

The cast comprises Milly Thomas, Aisha Fabienne Ross, Charlotte Hamblin and Dan Cohen and is directed by Hannah Hauer-King.

Dry Land, part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s American Season, runs from November 3-21.

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