Dates and Times
20 Nov - 8 Dec at 7pm
Part of our Autumn 2018 programme. Browse the full season here.
Take advantage of our double-bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets for both shows into your basket and we’ll do the rest. Click here to view the double-billed show.
Presented by Haley McGee
Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realised the only things she could sell were gifts from her ex-boyfriends. Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is a hilarious and daring show about the cost of love… or what love costs us.
So: can we turn sentimental value into cold, hard cash? Why does Haley want to – and why now? The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale smashes together personal divulgences, maths, recorded interviews with Haley’s ex-boyfriends, economics and the politics of commerce in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth.
This autobiographical work offers eight items “for sale” – all gifts from Haley’s exes – and introduces a brand new mathematical formula (developed with mathematician Melanie Phillips) to calculate the cost of love.
Developed on Camden People’s Theatre Starting Blocks Scheme Supported by Arts Council England Winner 2017 Wilderness Festival New Work Commission Additional support from CPT, The Albany, BAC & Arts Council of Ontario.
This production contains adult content. 16+
Please note: as part of the performance doors to this event will open at 6.45pm in order to browse and leave your thoughts on the yard sale items which are up for sale. Your thoughts will become part of the show, so we recommend arriving in good time!
Join Haley and maths expert, Melanie, for bonus events, broadening the conversation around love and money, relationships and numbers at…
The Cost of Love Stories Night, Sun 25 Nov 7pm: An evening of stories, songs, poems and movements exploring love & money & what it’s all worth. Click here for more details & to book.
Nerd Night: The Formula of The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, Thu 6 Dec 9pm: A night exploring how human relationships can be captured mathematically. Click here for more details & to book.
“A powerhouse performance” – ★★★★ The Stage
“Her candour is what makes this reflective show work” – ★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall
“This is intelligent theatre – deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest – that’s been carefully made.” – Exeunt Magazine
“At no point does it become self indulgence In fact, quite the opposite: instead, it feels at times like self-sacrifice for the good of something bigger.” – A Younger Theatre
“It’s a fitting homage to the ones we’ve loved and lost, and to those of us who bear the costs of heartbreak.” – The Play’s The Thing UK
“Brilliant … refreshingly unshowy, vibrantly delivered … McGee does metatextuality with suppleness and confidence.” ★★★★ – The Stage, on Wilderness Festival Preview
Click here for an interview with Haley about the pop-up installation of Yard Sale she presented with CPT in an empty retail unit at Euston station (June 2018).
About the Artist
Haley McGee is an internationally acclaimed solo performer, theatre-maker, actor, writer and voiceover artist, originally from Canada, now based in London. Described as “defiantly distinctive” (The Scotsman), she creates funny, gutsy and disarming shows for people who want to feel everything. Her solos have toured to over 35 venues in 11 countries, received 4 & 5-star reviews, enjoyed sold out performances and won awards.