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The Last of The Pelican Daughters

by The Wardrobe Ensemble

The Wardrobe Ensemble, Complicite and Royal and Derngate, Northampton co-production


The Last of The Pelican Daughters premiered in Summer 2019 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Written and created by the company


Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Sara Lessore, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton, Ben Vardy

Directed by

Jesse Jones & Tom Brennan


Ruby Spencer Pugh


Jessica Hung Han Yun


Benjamin Grant


Bea Roberts

Assistant Director 

Georgia Tillery
Wardrobe Supervisor
Hannah Marshall
Associate Sound Designer
Joe Dines

Production Manager
The Production Family

Technical Stage Manager
Fergus Waldron
Stage Manager
Maddy Wade
Assistant Stage Manager
Will Edwards
Production Photography
Graeme Braidwood
Show Image
James Bullimore
Poster Design
Will Brady

Additional material by Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Kayode Ewumi, Paul Hunter,

Shaheen Khan, Temi Wilkey and Edythe Woolley

The Intergenerational
Workshop Pack

A digital version of the company's Intergenerational workshop. Created for the tour of ‘The Last of the Pelican Daughters’ (Spring 2020) and adapted to respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

To be done with someone of a different generation. This might be someone in your household, a family member you are unable to see at the moment or a complete stranger.

Download the workshop here.
if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with someone you don't know.

We hope you enjoy it!

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, Maya 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, creators of their acclaimed Education, Education, Education, 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.

'A high-spirited show, by a young company who know what they’re doing.'

★★★★ The Independent


'There is a moment in the show… that may be the most intensely brilliant three minutes at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.'

★★★★ WhatsOnStage


'The infectious energy and invigorating devising of the ensemble… propel the production to joyful heights”'

★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Broadway World

★★★★ British Theatre Guide

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