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.
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Shoreditch Town Hall
Bristol Old Vic
Written and created by the company
Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Sara Lessore, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton, Ben Vardy
Jesse Jones & Tom Brennan
Ruby Spencer Pugh
Jessica Hung Han Yun
Associate Sound Designer
The Production Family
Technical Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Additional material by Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Kayode Ewumi, Paul Hunter,
Shaheen Khan, Temi Wilkey and Edythe Woolley
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, Maia 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.'
'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