Spine charts the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because ‘there's nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say’. In this era of damaging coalition cuts and disillusionment, has politics forgotten people? Can we really take the power back? Amy is about to be forced to find out.
Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015
‘Heartfelt and life-affirming’ Herald (on Spine as part of Theatre Uncut)
‘This is a play … which isn't afraid to wear either its heart or its politics on its sleeve.’ Lyn Gardner, Guardian
‘Brennan sets up a simple scenario: a young woman gets to know an elderly widow after thinking about renting a room from her. The room stays vacant, but the relationship blossoms over a mutual love of the old lady’s haul of rescued library books. What emerges is a deeply humane celebration of community, tradition, and the imagination.’ The Scotsman
Stories are radical. It's an insight that seems to drive much of the work at this year's Fringe and one that propels Clara Brennan’s fiercely defiant monologue. Her play agitates via emotion, weaving together the personal and the political in the most heartbreaking, chest-thumping of ways.’ Catherine Love, What’s on Stage
‘An outstanding piece of writing demonstrating a unique authorial voice.’ British Theatre Guide
‘If the script has a certain fairytale wish-fulfillment about it as Amy finds a better life for herself, it is based on such a vibrant celebration of language and female strength that you hardly notice.’ The Stage