Bridgerton, Black Mirror and Mr. Selfridge star Amy Beth Hayes writes and performs this dark, comic and gripping one-woman show set in the most unlikely of places.
After a bad break-up, our heroine is looking for a fresh start down south. She’s landed on her feet with a new job, thanks to her warmth, affability and expert knowledge of tiles. But behind the girl-next-door facade, lies a damaged woman who sets out on a quest to save another.
Unnerving, disturbing, and set in a ‘Topps Tiles’ off an A road, CRACKED is an unflinching look at love, friendship, trauma and tiles. With a deeply complex female character at its heart who’s at once unsettling and darkly hilarious, CRACKED showcases a fresh and thrilling new female voice – a woman who doesn’t just know all there is to know about tiles, but a heroine for modern times.
Thrilling, deeply funny and a little twisted, CRACKED at Vault Festival marks Amy Beth Hayes’ spectacular debut as a writer-performer.
Amy Beth Hayes, said “My favourite thing as an actor is to play challenging characters, people we shouldn’t be drawn to or like but in the end we can’t help we can’t help siding with. In CRACKED I wanted to push this idea as far as possible. I wanted to explore how perception is incredibly fragile and how past experiences inevitably shape how we see the world. My aim was to write a character who was witty, charming, full of contradictions and morally questionable. CRACKED is my debut play and I’m thrilled to be taking it to the Vault festival and to share it with an audience”.
Director Tom Bellerby said: ”In CRACKED, Amy has created a piece of work that is gripping, compelling and important. A talented actor, Amy’s starting point was character and the result is something rich and complex. A fascinating story and beautifully told.”