Writing plays, whether you like it or not.

Only your mother could think that Brexit’s all your fault.

Martha needs to get an Irish driving license before the UK leaves the EU – whenever that will be. Uptight daughter Magda is busy scheming how to out-manoeuvre Brexit, navigate the Irish border, and keep her job. Martha just wants to be able to drive herself to the shops.

A comedy about mothers and daughters, car maintenance and Boris Johnson.

60 minute stage play.

Driving Me Crazy follows the antics of a mother-daughter duo who relocate from London to Dublin to escape Brexit Britain.

It was first developed in a writing workshop with Rosemary Jenkinson, and received a staged reading at the New Theatre Dublin, starring Aneta Dina Keder and Ann Russell, and directed by Romana Testasecca. I have a lot of affection for this play because it was my first time seeing my work performed for an audience. It received a mention in this interview with dramaturg Pamela McQueen.

It was very much a play about its time. Brexit has fallen out of the news cycle, and we’re all mostly worried about Covid now. I don’t think it will see the light of day again, unless it becomes a period piece…But I love these characters and often find myself wondering what they’d be getting up to now.

You can register to read the playtext here.

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© Ella Skolimowski 2023