Following its critically acclaimed London run in 2016 at the Orange Tree Theatre, Jess and Joe Forever comes to the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 


“a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful” Evening Standard

Winner of the Offie Award for Most Promising Playwright – Zoe Cooper 

Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred. Jess holidays there with her au pair. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other.

Jess and Joe Forever is a coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong. It is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), secrets, scotch eggs, love and friendship that will make you both laugh and cry.

Zoe Cooper (Petrification and Nativities at Live Theatre Newcastle and Man on the Moon for New Writing North/Sage) received the Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright 2017 for Jess and Joe Forever during its run at Orange Tree Theatre. Zoe was also longlisted for Most Promising Playwright at the 2016 Evening Standard Awards.

The play will again be directed by Derek Bond (Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Stig of the Dump at Storyhouse, Chester and Alice Birch’s Many Moons at Theatre503).

Farnham Maltings in association with the Orange Tree Theatre 

Jess and Joe Forever was commissioned by Old Vic New Voices.

Running time approx 1 hour 5 minutes, no interval

Photo: The Other Richard

Traverse Theatre

Thu 03 (preview), Tue 15, Sun 20, Sat 26 Aug 4pm
Fri 04 (press night), Sun 27 Aug 6.30pm
Sat 05 Aug 9pm
Sun 06, Sat 12, Fri 18, Thu 24 Aug 11am
Tue 08, Sun 13, Sat 19, Fri 25 Aug 1.30pm
Wed 09 Aug 3.45pm
Thu 10, Wed 16 (Captioned), Tue 22 Aug 6.15pm
Fri 11, Thu 17, Wed 23 Aug 8.45pm

Box Office | 0131 228 1404 (open 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat, or until performance start time) | 0131 226 0000

Captioned Performance Wed 16 Aug, 6.15pm

Ticket Prices
Preview £13 | £9 concession
£19.50 | £14.50 standard concession | £9.50 other concession