Jinny – companion piece to Look Back In Anger. Video

Commissioned by Derby Theatre as a contemporary response to John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger.

Part of Derby Theatre’s RETOLD series

Written by Jane Wainwright
Directed by Sarah Brigham
Performed by Joanna Simpkins
Dramaturgy by Nic Wass


Jinny is 25, a singer-songwriter with a head full of dreams, and going nowhere. She’s done all the things that she should do – she’s talented, she’s strong, she knows her own mind. But it turns out, maybe that’s not enough. Can she make her way in a world where opportunity isn’t guaranteed for all? Smart, fast-paced and humorous new writing with live music, Jinny puts today’s young women centre stage in Derby.

“Comic fizz and emotional ballast.” The Guardian (JOAN, part of Derby Theatre’s RETOLD series)

RETOLD is a series of newly commissioned plays by Derby Theatre, aiming to crack open classic tales and tell them afresh from the perspective of female characters.

Jane Wainwright is a former member of the Royal Court’s Young Writers programme, Invitation Group and ‘Supergroup’. As well as being under commission to Derby Theatre, she is also developing a play for BBC Radio 4.

Recommended age 14+. Contains strong language and sexual reference.

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