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the ex-boyfriend yard sale

A LIVE show BY HALEY MCGEE

“What if told you, that I suffered a flesh wound for this sapphire necklace?”

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

So: can we translate sentimental value into cold hard cash? Why does Haley want to – and why now? The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale smashes together personal divulgences, maths, recorded interviews with Haley's ex-boyfriends, economics and the politics of commerce in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. 

This autobiographical work offers eight items “for sale” – all gifts from Haley’s exes – and introduces a brand new formula, developed by math expert Melanie Phillips, to calculate the cost of love.

press & praise

CREATIVE TEAM

HALEY MCGEE

Writer & Performer

Melanie Phillips

Mathematics Collaborator

MITCHELL CUSHMAN

Director

Zoe Robinson

Producer

Zoe Robinson

Producer

Zoe Robinson

Producer

Zoe Robinson

Anna Reid

Kieran Lucas

Sound Design

Anna Reid

Kieran Lucas

Anna Reid

Kieran Lucas

Anna Reid

Scenic Design

Kieran Lucas

lUCY ADAMS

Lighting Designer

ROSE HOCKADAY

Stage Manager/ Production Manager 

ELIZA CASS

Additional Production & Creative Support

 

Interview with Haley McGee by Chris Wiegand: 'The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale: can you put a price on sentimental value?'The Guardian

★★★★ "refreshingly unshowy, vibrantly delivered ... McGee does metatextuality with suppleness and confidence … brilliant." – The Stage, on Wilderness Preview

★★★★"A powerhouse performance." - The Stage, on 'The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale' at Camden People's Theatre.

★★★★  "Her candour is what makes this reflective show work." - Breaking the Fourth Wall

"McGee’s brilliantly entertaining, witty and poignant show is fascinating because it is never quite what it seems.”- Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

"This is intelligent theatre – deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest – that’s been carefully made." - Exeunt Magazine

"very, very special... self-sacrifice for the good of something bigger." - A Younger Theatre

"It’s a refreshing and necessary take on singledom...This is an intimate work that draws on numerous techniques that both move and surprise, and the effect is one of warmth and care. " - The Play is the Thing

"A whole other level of wow." - Maddy Costa 

With additional production support from Amy Merrigan. Outside eye from Holly Beasley Garrigan, Deborah Pearson, Richard Corgan, Phil McKee & Brian Logan. Additional maths help from Prof. Robert Elliot Smith, Prof. Lee Smolin, Rajiv Patel & Teddy Witzel. Video and graphic design by Upright Fools. 

TRAILER

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Publicity photos - Matt Peberdy

Preview and Production photos - Sophie Le Roux