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The Boy Preference


In an affluent suburb in the near future, the birth of a boy is welcomed with shouts of joy and firecrackers, but when a girl is born, the neighbours say nothing. One night, Joey looks out of his bedroom window and sees many young women with a strange glow around them - are they the 'missing women'? Why have they come back?

Performed in the purpose-built Orangebox Studio Theatre, don't miss this chance to see one of the most exciting young companies in the area perform a hugely original piece of new writing.

Following previous successes with Prince of Denmark (Square Chapel, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre) (2012) and The Wardrobe (Orangebox, West Yorkshire Playhouse) (2014), Calderdale Theatre School returns to National Theatre Connections in 2015 with The Boy Preference by Elinor Cook (winner of the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright). Produced and directed by ex-members of the Theatre School itself from Director to Stage Manager, this play explores real-life issues of sexism, inequality and finding your place both in your own skin and in your own gender.

Performed: 20th - 21st February 2015

Cast & Crew

Written by: Elinor Cook

Directed by: Adam Garrett

Assistant Director(s): Daniel Cox & William Pugh

Producer: Gillie Kerrod

Set by: Tony Clark

Lighting by: Joe Moorhead

Stage Management: Jenny Birch

Choreography by: Katie Allcott

Full cast list (in alphabetical order):

Colette McNulty

Layla Davis

Georgie Jessop


Sol Cotton

Flynn Greenwood

Sam Wharvell

Robin Simnett

Chris Rhodes

Jujin Whippey

James Senneck



Olivia Huson

Josephine Tomlinson

Abigail Rolt

Charlotte Forrester

The Girls:




The Boys:






Psychologist 1/Husband/Journalist

Psychologist 2/Builder/Farmer

The Other Girls:






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