Jess and Joe Forever

BY ZOE COOPER
08 September 2016 — 8 October 2016

★★★★ “If Zoe Cooper's play looks like a country boy meets city girl story, it springs a whole heap of surprises before its done.” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “This is a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful… Derek Bond’s sensitive direction captures the unusual mix of earthy truth and lightness in Cooper’s writing. Nicola Coughlan brings a perky verve to Jess, yet also hints effectively at the story’s buried magic, while Rhys Isaac-Jones imbues Joe with an engaging earnestness.” Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

★★★★ "very wise, very funny – and feels utterly authentic... Jess and Joe’s secrets gradually rise up around the edges of Derek Bond’s fine production. The two actors (consistently mesmerising) speak directly to the audience" Miriam Gillinson, Time Out 

★★★★ “a hugely enjoyable romcom… quirky, funny, moving and theatrically thrilling – a small play that packs a great emotional punch…   it is Cooper’s choice of theatrical form that raises this small story to sublime heights… Derek Bond’s very funny and quietly intense production, deftly designed in an increasingly muddy and minimalistic space by James Perkins, the initial laughs disguise the growing emotional tension of the piece, and as dark shadows begin to fall over the story its ability to move us just grows and grows.” Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

★★★★ “Adolescence is unavoidably about transformation, but in ways we neither want nor ask for: too tall, or not tall enough, too lumpy or too scrawny, overwhelmed by a sudden pulse of hormones. It's a hell of an introduction to adulthood. Zoe Cooper captures it all with pinpoint precision in Jess and Joe Forever, a coming-of-teenage tale set in the fens… The lightness of touch and splashes of humour quietly, charmingly, deftly coalesce into heartrending and heartwarming beauty.” Tim Bano, The Stage

★★★★ “Jess and Joe Forever is a beautifully funny, bittersweet and intensely poignant new work about childhood, growing up and friendship. You will laugh, you will cry, but make sure you get a ticket.” Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World

"a short and strikingly bittersweet play" Matt Wolf, New York Times

"Zoe Cooper’s play, co-produced with Farnham Maltings and destined for a regional tour, is well worth catching for its touching portrait of the awkward uncertainties of adolescence and the human potential for transformation." Michael Billington, Guardian

“It’s a lovely, loving work that makes you eager to see what Cooper will do next.” Alex Ramon, Boycotting Trends