Eight is a series of monologues written by Ella Hickson for the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won a 'Best in Edinburgh' award and a Fringe First award.
There are actually nine characters in all – the author omitted the character of 'Buttons' from the original production for being “too niche” but included him in the published script – and they range in age from late teens to early thirties.
The characters' stories are not connected and each monologue offers a stand-alone narrative.
Hickson, who wrote Eight when she was 24, said, "In creating the characters of Eight I asked a group of twentysomethings what they believed in — the almost unanimous answer was ‘not very much’.” In isolating the characters in their own monologues, Hickson is able to confront this apathy head-on. Yet glimmers of hope emerge as each story unfolds and the characters grapple with their identity, their sexuality, their morality, their future and their connection with others. In this sense, Eight offers a collective portrait of a searching generation in mid-2000s Britain.
Performed and recorded by two separate casts, Eight was available on demand on four Thursdays from January 7th with casts alternating weekly. Tickets for all performances were €10.
Meet The Eight
Teenager Jude finds himself attracted to an alluring older woman.
Millie is a jolly-hockey-sticks prostitute mourning the loss of the old British class system.
Danny is an ex-squaddie who makes friends in morgues.
Mona is pregnant and trying to keep her secrets safe from prying eyes.
Art dealer André’s boyfriend has just killed himself.
Miles is a survivor of the 7 July London Tube bombings.
'Buttons' is being released from jail tomorrow, having served ten years.
Astrid is cheating on her boyfriend.
Bobby is struggling to make ends meet for her two young children.
Jude – Cillian Tobin
Millie – Ciara Carroll
Danny – Loré Adewusi
Mona – Niamh McPhillips
André – Matthew Nolan
Miles – Stephen Murphy
Buttons – Colm Hynes
Astrid – Caroline Kane
Bobby – Georgia Cooney
Jude – Eoin McAdam
Millie – Freya Blendell
Danny – Cody Creighton
Mona – Niamh Mallen
André – Adam Callan
Miles – Eoghan Yore
Buttons – Cian Hoyne
Astrid – Emily Corbett
Bobby – Anna Reid
Meet The Makers
Peter McDermott – Director
Lisa Krugel – Set & Costume Designer
Matt Burke – Lighting Designer
Gareth Stack – Director of Photography
Tanya Dean – Dramaturg
Cathal Quinn -- Dialect Coach
Tamar Keane – Stage Manager & Sound
Lisa O’Brien – Publicity Manager
Jill Callaghan – Poster Designer
Shane Gill, Colin Doran – Lighting
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By arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Irish National Opera, The New Theatre, The Axis Theatre, James Moran, Alan Benson and all the porters of TU Dublin Rathmines, Ciaran Stone, Jimmy at Shoot Cut Grade, Emergency Care, Ben Rawlins, Fiona Howard, Mairead Hurley, Andrea Basquille, Sarah Fitzgibbon, Charlotte Tiernan, Mary Moynihan, Michael McCabe, Ella Clarke, Jay Cosgrave, Steve Wallace, Duncan O’Cléirigh