“What about people who can’t make friends? Or who don’t laugh and are full of no love? They’re the real disabilities. I think.”
Agnes and her daughter Kelly have walked the same stretch of Skegness beach every day for fifteen years. They devour ice cream, hunt for crabs and watch as things mysteriously vanish along the shoreline. But when Kelly meets Neil, their cosy world soon begins to unravel.
With her mum struggling to understand the needs of a maturing daughter with Down’s Syndrome, Kelly and Neil have to fight for their right to be together. While Agnes and Kelly drift further and further apart, an event is coming that will change all of their lives forever.
Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age in modern Britain. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?
Heartwarming love story anchored by magnificent Sarah Gordy
Sarah Gordy is superb in a compassionate, funny, thought-provoking and quietly radical play
Ben Weatherill's Jellyfish, a deft portrait of what it is to live with Down Syndrome, draws out the dilemmas the condition brings with it
A piece about overwhelming love, human nature and family connection, Jellyfish is a triumph that feels genuinely authentic and requires celebration
There is tenderness and humour in Ben Weatherill’s play about a young woman with Down’s syndrome caught between her boyfriend and her mother
In many ways it is simply a love story which deals with independence, loneliness and life’s impossible decisions, but it also deals with disability in a way which is upfront, insightful and very funny
One can only hope that it touches as many people as possible during its season at the Bush and turns the tide on the way we talk about disability and love
Tender, thought-provoking drama about a young woman with Down’s Syndrome