We are pleased to announce that we will co-produce The Last of the Pelican Daughters as part of our current Made In Northampton season. The production will be our latest collaboration with The Wardrobe Ensemble, following on from the news that their previous co-production of the award-winning Education, Education, Education is to transfer to the West End this summer.
The Wardrobe Ensemble are creating The Last of the Pelican Daughters as part of the Royal & Derngate’s Resident Ensemble programme and the production is being developed in partnership with Complicité. During their residency with us, the Wardrobe Ensemble will also mentor local emerging artists and young people, spending 10 weeks in Northampton.
In folklore, pelican mothers feed their young on their own blood. In 2019, four sisters are trying to divide their mother’s house between them.
Joy wants a baby, Storm wants to be seen, Sage wants to be paid, Maia doesn’t want anyone to find out her secret and Granny’s in a wheelchair on day release. Mum’s presence still seeps through the ceiling and the floors. The Pelican Daughters are home for the last time.
The Wardrobe Ensemble use their trademark irreverent humour and lovable characters to tackle the idea of what it means for young people to grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death.
The Wardrobe Ensemble’s smash-hit production Education, Education, Education, in co-production with Royal & Derngate and Shoreditch Town Hall, won The Stage Edinburgh Award for Best Ensemble and Scotsman Fringe First in 2017, and will soon begin a four-week run at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.
The Last of the Pelican Daughters is directed by The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones and Tom Brennan.
Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director, James Dacre, commented: “Two years ago this brilliant young company made their main stage debut at Royal & Derngate with a production they developed over many months with our partner schools in Northamptonshire. We’re delighted to announce this week – as they make their West End debut – that the company joins us as one of our four Resident Ensemble companies to develop The Last of the Pelican Daughters and work across the organisation in supporting our communities. We very much look forward to partnering with Complicité – one of the world’s great ensembles – on producing this promising new show.”
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.