Jesus, Jane, Mother & Me by Philip Stokes to premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August

The world premiere of Jesus, Jane, Mother & Me by Philip Stokes opens at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

Award-winning writer and director Philip Stokes (Heroin(e) For Breakfast) returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the show at the Pleasance Dome from 3 – 29 August.

Jesus, Jane, Mother & Me is performed by emerging talent Jack Stokes making his Fringe debut as Daniel Valentine. The creative team includes set and lighting design by Craig Lomas (Heroin(e) For Breakfast) and sound design by Annie May Fletcher (Hedwig & The Angry Inch – Leeds Playhouse/HOME Manchester).

Jesus, Jane, Mother & Me is the darkly hilarious and moving story of a strange boy called Daniel Valentine, the ultimate superfan whose life has been devoted to his two favourite things, Jesus… and Jane McDonald. Daniel’s mother is a superfan too, but one day her actions cause it all to go horribly wrong. When Daniel returns to the family home, can old wounds ever truly be healed?

This hilarious and powerful piece of new writing is a twisted coming-of-age story about how hard growing up can be when you’re a little bit “different”. Exploring idolisation, young people’s mental health and the dynamic between mother & son, Jesus, Jane, Mother & Me a tragicomedy full of the northern heart and emotional grit of Stokes’ previous Fringe hits.

Philip Stokes said: “I’m thrilled to be heading back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. After a successful revival of Heroin(e) for Breakfast at the Pleasance in 2019, it’s great to be returning with a brand-new show.

“After the last couple of years it’s been fantastic to have the chance to write and direct a new production with the support of Lawrence Batley Theatre, KETCHUP & Richard Jordan, and I can’t wait for audiences to see it.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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