‘You know you act like you’re not from here.’
Entrenched in her picturesque Devonshire village, Ivy Tiller is preparing to wage a war.
Her target: the invasive grey squirrel. Her goal: to oust the invaders and restore the native red squirrels as the ‘rightful’ inhabitants. Galvanised by her important mission, Ivy’s determination swells to uncomfortable heights.
Bea Roberts’ blackly comic play Ivy Tiller: Vicar’s Daughter, Squirrel Killer challenges our assumptions about who belongs and who thrives, and exposes the dark side of the rural idyll. It was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in October 2022.
‘Clever, pointed writing’
— The Times
‘Snappy and subversive… horribly plausible… The writing is brisk and lively, and Roberts slips a few moments of real pathos in among a barrage of daft, sometimes pleasingly dark punchlines… challenging, and often very funny’
— The Stage
‘Echoes of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and Simon Stephens’ Herons… lands right in the heart of the Zeitgeist’
— Broadway World