The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

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★★★★ "refreshingly unshowy, vibrantly delivered ... McGee does metatextuality with suppleness and confidence … brilliant"
- The Stage, on Wilderness Preview

development history

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale premiere in London at Camden People's Theatre, 20 Nov - 8 Dec 2018.  It will tour to Canada in 2019.

Yard Sale was developed on Camden People’s Theatre’s 2017 Starting Blocks scheme and was awarded a Commission from Wilderness Festival.  The show has received additional support from Battersea Arts Centre and The Albany.

Work-in-progress performances include:

Battersea Arts Centre, London, England, 2017
Camden People's Theatre, London, England, 2017
Wilderness Festival/Big Bang Line-UP, Oxfordshire, England, 2017

show description

“What if told you, that I suffered a flesh wound for this sapphire necklace?”

Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realised all the things she could sell were gifts from her exes. Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is a hilarious and daring show about the cost of love… or what love costs us.

So: can we translate sentimental value into cold hard cash? Why does Haley want to – and why now? The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale smashes together personal divulgences, maths, recorded interviews with Haley's ex-boyfriends, economics and the politics of commerce in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. 

This autobiographical work offers eight items “for sale” – all gifts from Haley’s exes – and introduces a brand new formula, developed by math expert Melanie Phillips, to calculate the cost of love.

creative team

Haley McGee - writer & performer
Melanie Phillips - mathematics collaborator
Mitchell Cushman - director
Zoe Robinson - producer 
Anna Reid - scenic design
Kieran Lucas - sound design
Lucy Adams - lighting design
Holly Beasley-Garrigan - movement director
Deborah Pearson - dramaturgy

with additional Math Help from Lee Smolin, Robert Elliot Smith, Ted Witzel & Rajiv Patel
Phillip McKee - dramaturgy/outside eye at BAC
Richard Corgan - director/outside eye at BAC

 photo by Matt Peberdy

photo by Matt Peberdy