Ugly Lovely

Written by Ffion Jones

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington  |  28th June - 16th July 2016

"But where else can you go bird? All we’ve got is Swansea. You haven’t got nowhere else."

It’s Shell’s birthday and cradling her only gift, won at the local arcade, she’s finally woken up to smell the vodka. Between nights out with her only friend and chats with her Nan’s ashes, she tries to unravel what she wants from life in the pretty shitty city of Swansea.

Velvet Trumpet present work that is dark, bittersweet and above all funny. They are proud to present this grimy debut play by excitable Welsh playwright Ffion Jones.

Ffion Jones
Sophie Catherine
Oliver Morgan-Thomas

Director  |  Nikolai Ribnikov
Assistant Director  |  Rob Henderson
Set & Costume Design  |  Lizzy Leech
Lighting Design  |  George Bach
Sound Design  |  Andrew Reynolds
Stage Manager  |  Jennifer McTaggart

Lovely things Press said...

Gritty take on a coming of age tale...A fiery Welsh energy and wit.
— The Stage
A vodka-soaked story of life in Swansea. From the accents to the details, this is a world Jones clearly knows and owns. The grimy tableau feels totally authentic.
— Time Out
Visceral and hilarious peek into a world little seen on stage...Socks were knocked off. Jaws were dropped. Heads spun. It was ace.
— London City Nights
Ffion Jones has written a witty, bittersweet, laugh-out-loud funny play that doesn’t shy away from coarse language and is certainly not one for the kids. If you’re easily offended then stay away but if you like the sound of a night out with Shell and Tash then you won’t be disappointed.
— West End Wilma
Velvet Trumpet have managed to sprinkle the fringe scene with some pretty impressive dark comedy of late, balancing both aspects on a knife’s edge, I have laughed and experienced a sunken heart at all their work I have seen so far.
— A Younger Theatre
Ffion Jones’ script is sparky and manages to convey great humour and laugh-out-loud moments.
— LondonTheatre1
It has been directed at top speed by Nikolai Ribnikov and the cast could not be bettered, Jones giving a laceratingly good performance as Shell.
— Reviews Gate
The acting is top notch. Jones herself is wonderfully honest and funny as Shell. Sophie Hughes gives a blistering performance as Tash and Oliver Morgan-Thomas is persuasively nuanced as Robyn.
— London Pub Theatres