A coming of age story about ‘growing up, fitting in, boys, girls, secrets, scotch eggs and maybe even love’ will open the Orange Tree Theatre’s autumn season next month.

Zoe Cooper’s new play Jess and Joe Forever will get its world premiere at the Richmond venue and is described as ‘layered and thoughtful’ and ‘about finding your place in the world’.

It follows Norfolk born and bred Joe and Jess, who holidays there with her au pair, over several summer holidays.

Running from September 8 to October 8 before heading to 11 venues around the country, the play is a co-production between Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre and Farnham Maltings.

It was originally commissioned by Old Vic New Voices.

Orange Tree’s autumn season also includes the first major revival of Caryl Churchill’s one-act plays Blue Heart, nearly two decades after it premiered at the Royal Court, and the first major production in over 50 years of Somerset Maugham’s Sheppey.

A version of The Tempest for young people with autism and their families runs from October 25 to November 4, while this year’s family Christmas show is an adaptation of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s book Extra Yarn.

Jess and Joe Forever is at Orange Tree Theatre from September 8 to October 8, with a relaxed performance on September 29, audio-described performances on September 24 and 28 and post-show talks on September 14 and 22. Tickets cost from £10. Go to orangetreetheatre.co.uk

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