The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (in-development)

development history

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is currently in development. It will premiere in London in the autumn of 2018.

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

creative team

Haley McGee - writer & performer
Mitchell Cushman - director
Kieran Lucas - sound design
Lucy Adams - lighting design
Holly Beasley-Garrigan - movement director & dramatury
Deborah Pearson - dramaturg
Joanne Williams - producer

Melanie Phillips - mathematics collaborator
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

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. 

Part-installation, part-auction, part-storytelling, this autobiographical work offers eight items “for sale” – all gifts from Haley’s exes – and introduces a brand new formula (developed with mathematician partners) to calculate what our failed relationships are really worth.

★★★★ "refreshingly unshowy, vibrantly delivered ... McGee does metatextuality with suppleness and confidence, commenting on the construction of the show even as she's tangled in its brilliant, autobiographical narrative."
- The Stage, on Wilderness Preview

 photo by Matt Peberdy

photo by Matt Peberdy