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A Hundred Words For Snow comes to Trafalgar Studios in March 2019

A Hundred Words for Snow by Nick Rutter

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A HUNDRED Words For Snow, playwright Tatty Hennessy’s acclaimed coming of age story about grief, courage and polar bears, returns to the capital following a run at VAULT Festival earlier this year, running at Trafalgar Studios from March 5 to March 30, 2019.

With renowned polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE as a consultant, A Hundred Words for Snow is a journey of epic proportions in every sense – through grief, adolescence and across the Arctic – as it follows Rory on her mission to get the ashes of her Arctic enthusiast dad to the North Pole, whilst discovering the full extent of the planet’s destruction and a lot about herself along the way.

After winning the Origin’s Award for outstanding work at VAULT Festival 2018 and the Arcola Theatre’s Heretic Voices Award for best new plays in monologue form, A Hundred Words for Snow will once again be directed by Lucy Atkinson, one of The Stage’s ‘top talents to watch from VAULT Festival 2018’.

As expectations of what women can and can’t do melt away at the same rate as the polar ice caps, Rory demonstrates with warmth and wit that polar exploration is no longer solely the domain of men, and that our planet is in desperate need of saving.

Playwright Tatty Hennessy said: “As a female and feminist playwright, I’m excited to write a piece of serious drama focused on a teenage girl, one that takes her difficulties and desires seriously, especially at a time when the pressures and constraints on young women are so varied and complex. It also looks at our relationship with the planet, the delicate interconnectedness of nature and our impact on the earth, sadly all the more relevant in the wake of the UN’s stark and startling Climate Change Report.”

A Hundred Words for Snow will be performed by Gemma Barnett, a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama. Her recent credits include Matt Parvin’s Cousins (Soho Theatre), Ella Road’s Roosting (Park Theatre) and a rehearsed reading of Camilla Whitehill’s Oil and Matter (Bunker Theatre). Prior to training and as an associate artist of ThisEgg, Barnett co-wrote and performed Goggles, which won the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artist’s Award and is now being published by Oberon.

Produced by Rebecca Gwyther, A Hundred Words for Snow will have lighting by Lucy Adams and sound by Mark Sutcliffe.

A Hundred Words for Snow is suitable for ages 14+.

Image: A Hundred Words for Snow by Nick Rutter.

Tickets: £30 – £15. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7632 or visit

Times: 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: 1 hour.

Prior to the Trafalgar Studio dates, A Hundred Words For Snow will tour to Coventry, Guildford, Aldeburgh, Havant, Norwich and Newport.