The cost of love. Haley McGee stages The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale at Camden’s People’s Theatre

Haley McGee. Image Matt Peberdy

Calculating the true worth of someone or the cost of a relationship hasn’t been worked out – until now – and, for theatre-maker Haley McGee, it’s time to hold The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale.

McGee and her team of mathematicians, set out to come up with what love costs us in her one-woman show, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale at Camden People’s Theatre next month.

Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realised the only things she could sell were gifts from her ex-boyfriends.

Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is a hilarious and daring show about the cost of love . . . or what love costs us.

In a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are worth, this autobiographical show smashes together personal revelations, maths, recorded interviews with real ex-boyfriends and the politics of economics.

One of the stars of the show is a brand-new formula to calculate the cost of love. This formula was developed with partner mathematicians, led by mathematical expert Melanie Phillips.

The performance will include ancillary events to engage its audiences with the themes of love, art, money and maths.

They include Cost of Love Stories Night (Nov 25) featuring a line-up of artists and scientists sharing real life stories about love and money; a financial literacy session for artists with McGee’s chartered accountant flatmate Rajiv (Dec 8); and Nerd Night where McGee and Phillips talk through the entire cost of love formula (Nov 30).

With The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale Haley McGee asks: “How can we translate sentimental value into cold hard cash?”

The performance piece was developed on Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Blocks scheme in 2017. In August 2017, it won the Wilderness Festival new work commission and has been developed for the three-week run at the theatre.

Directed by Mitchell Cushman, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale premieres as part of the Camden People’s Theatre 2018 autumn programme, and runs from November 20 to December 8.

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