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

Offie Award nominations
Best New Play – Zoe Cooper | Best Female Performance – Nicola Coughlan

Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred and wears wellies. Jess holidays there with her au pair and is slightly too tubby for her summer dresses. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other. This is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), boys, girls, secrets, scotch eggs and maybe even love, but most of all, it’s about friendship.

Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong somewhere, if you can really belong anywhere.

A layered and thoughtful play about finding your place in the world when you only know a small corner of it.

Written by Zoe Cooper (Nativities at Live Theatre Newcastle and Man on the Moon for New Writing North/Sage) and directed by Derek Bond (Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Exchange Theatre and Alice Birch’s Many Moons at Theatre503).

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

“a debut full of sparky intelligence that promises good things to come.” Guardian on Nativities

Running time 1 hour 5 minutes, no interval

Relaxed performance  Thu 29 Sep 2.30pm

A Farnham Maltings and Orange Tree Theatre co-production

Following its run at the OT, Jess and Joe Forever will go on tour with Farnham Maltings and house:

13 Oct 8pm The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, Hampshire
14 – 15 Oct 8pm The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, Kent
18 Oct 7.30pm The Garage, Norwich, Norfolk  
19 Oct 8pm Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk
20 Oct 7.30pm Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, Essex
21 Oct 8pm Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, Essex
22 Oct 8pm Cornerstone, Didcot, Oxfordshire
25 – 26 Oct 7.30pm Live Theatre Newcastle
1 – 2 Nov 8pm Watford Palace Theatre
3 Nov 7.30pm Farnham Maltings
4 Nov 7.30pm The Studio @TPS, Petersfield, Hampshire


Nicola Coughlan
DirectorDerek Bond
Lighting Designer Sally Ferguson
Designer James Perkins