“Of course they want to close them down, they’ve nothing for sale.”
Spine is the story of Amy, a wise-cracking teenager who suspects she might have been relegated to life’s rubbish heap, and Glenda, the mischievous activist old woman with whom she strikes up an unlikely friendship. In a house stacked with books stolen from the dismantled local library the two women gorge on ideas and swell with anger. In this era of damaging 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
* contains explicit language
‘Amy, a young, mouthy student whose unexpected friendship with an old lady prompts her to realise the cost of the loss of the local library. A sharp, witty, angry piece about the galvanising power of knowledge’ (Financial Times).
‘This is a play … which isn't afraid to wear either its heart or its politics on its sleeve.’ (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.’ (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)