A darkly comic debut play about confession and the gravity of young love.
Ramona is sixteen, hates bananas, and she’s totally cool. Honestly. She’s completely cool.
It’s 1998, and Ramona, of Englandshire, is on a wet, midge-riddled geography field trip, deep in the Scottish Highlands. There she meets Jim, a local laddie obsessed with hermit crabs, rock erosion and spider plants.
When Ramona falls for Jim’s awkward charm, she gets caught in a scandal that will haunt her for years to come.
Sophie Wu’s Ramona Tells Jim was commissioned by and first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in September 2017.
‘Sophie Wu has a knack for nifty dialogue. Her debut play is an engaging, quirky 80-minute piece about the kinship of oddballs and the disruptiveness of innocence’
‘Wu has a sharp ear for the mundane details of everyday conversation and she develops distinctive characters without veering towards stereotypes… Ramona Tells Jim has a quirky humour, founded on the universal truth that the pieces in life’s jigsaw rarely fit together neatly’
— The Reviews Hub
‘[A] strong debut play… funny and charming… consistently engaging and, for all its undertow of regret, rather good fun’
— Time Out
‘Deliciously rich language blends with social satire in a nice piece of kooky storytelling… Wu’s text has a warmhearted flavour and a teen glow, a lovely mix of the childish and the faux-adult’
— The Arts Desk
‘A laugh-out-loud coming of age tale… a well-crafted study of how a single misstep can throw off a whole life’
— Exeunt Magazine