The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

“hilarious and hypnotically honest” - Exeunt

★★★★“a powerhouse performance”
- The Stage

development history

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale premieres 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 Old Diorama’s Associate Performer’s Scheme, Battersea Arts Centre and The Albany.

“very, very special… self-sacrifice for the good of something bigger.”

- A Younger Theatre

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
Eliza Cass - additional production & creative support

Outside Eyes - Holly Beasley-Garrigan, Deborah Pearson, Phillip McKee & Richard Corgan
Additional Math Help from Lee Smolin, Robert Elliot Smith, Ted Witzel & Rajiv Patel

 photo by Matt Peberdy.

photo by Matt Peberdy.


“it’s easy to imagine [Haley] hosting a popular television version of the show” - Chris Weigand, The Guardian

“McGee’s brilliantly entertaining, witty and poignant show is fascinating because it is never quite what it seems”- Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

“a whole other level of wow” - Maddy Costa

★★★★ - Breaking the Fourth Wall

“refreshing and necessary” - The Play’s The Thing

“This is a show that is continually turning in on itself, continually deepening, interrogating every assumption you might have brought in with you. Every time you think McGee’s gone as far as the show will go, the whole thing turns again, and becomes something cleverer, funnier, more enjoyable; there’s a real delight in watching a writer-performer as deeply talented as McGee examine her idea from every angle and take you with her all the way.” - Exeunt

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