Ramona Tells Jim

Bush Theatre

Ramona Tells Jim

20 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017

£10.00 - N/A

Pro reviewers rating
7 reviews

2.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Pochahontos: “Um, who the fuck is Ramona?”

In 1998, Ramona, of Englandshire, has a penchant for Enya and hates bananas. On her geography field trip she meets Jim, a local laddie wearing an anti-pill fleece. He’s obsessed with hermit crabs, rock erosion and making homemade Irn-Bru cocktails.

Deep in the Scottish Highlands, Ramona falls for Jimmy’s awkward charm but gets caught in a scandal that will haunt her for years to come.

Fast forward fifteen years and Jim, of the shittest village in Scotland, has got a girlfriend and something like a functional life. But Ramona still can’t shake the consequences of that fateful trip.

Determined to clear her conscience, she heads back to the Highlands to find that neither her nor Jim’s lives have turned out how they had planned.

A darkly comic play about confession and the gravity of young love.


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“A knack for nifty dialogue... Engaging, quirky... Wu writes well about the affinity between natural outsiders... Well cast.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Strong performances and plenty of humour paper over cracks in a structurally awkward play.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Bentall, a delightful comic actress, has a real and rare gift of the perfect faux-dramatic voice and sombre, piercing stare.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Quirky, funny and wistful... Poignant and unsettling... wonderfully served by the performances.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Bentall and Bannister give lovely performances... In an inevitably rather twee, ‘90s-nostalgia way it’s funny and charming.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Deliciously rich language blends with some random social satire in what is a nice piece of kooky storytelling... Enjoyable.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Effortful. The details don't add up... A naff sitcom feel... Hillyard's production has fun with that.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

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