In May 2008, first-time writer Ella Hickson, created eight monologues ready to air at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in August 2008. These monologues, of fifteen minutes each, offer a state-of-the-nation group portrait. From Millie, the jolly-hockey sticks prostitute who mourns the loss of the good old British class system, to Miles a 7/7 survivor or Danny, an ex-squaddie who makes friends in morgues; ‘Eight’ looks at what has happened to a generation that have grown up in a world where everything has become acceptable.
‘Eight’ was formed around the results of a survey that asked twenty-somethings what defined their generation; Hickson has tried to answer their almost unanimous response of ‘apathy’, with a show that works to find the glimmers of faith amidst wholesale cynicism. Eight looks at the singular, personal effect of an otherwise social phenomenon.
Director: Vicky Moran
Producer: Claire Walkinshaw
Production Manager: Bonnie Murphy
Cast: Freya Martyniak, Guy Conroy-Smith, Osian Owen, Sophie Earl, Lottie Hicks, James Dowsett.