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.
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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.