Imagine If Presents YOU FORGOT THE MINCE

Imagine If Presents YOU FORGOT THE MINCE

Following its Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, Imagine If's production of Francesca Joy's gritty new play You Forgot the Mince is touring prisons and theatres this Autumn, coming to The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, London from Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 September 2017.

Imagine If is supporting young adults in care with a number of free tickets available for every show (contact the Box Office for further details).

Inspired by real life events and set in Leeds, Francesca Joy's play tells the story of a modern day abusive relationship: 'Rosa lives with her grandma Lily. She's just finished college and she can't wait to leave Yorkshire and all the people in it ... until she meets Niko. They fall head over heels in love, and the future's looking bright. But their love for each other is tested to the limit; Rosa leaves for London, Niko ends up in prison and Lily won't stop baking cakes. Everyone's world is falling apart, but no-one's talking about it. How are they going to get their lives back on course?'

Francesca Joy conceived, researched and wrote You Forgot The Mince supported by dramaturg Mark Catley (BBC). Francesca, who is also Founding Artistic Director of Imagine If, grew up in care from the age of 15, and she has experienced various forms of abuse throughout her life. As a trained actor, writer and producer, Francesca uses her first-hand experience to inform the art which Imagine If creates and she is passionate about working with those underrepresented in the arts.

You Forgot The Mince is performed by Francesca Joy, Ursula Mohan and Prince Plockey. It is directed by Stephen Whitson (UK Associate Director on the West End transfer of the Broadway hit show Hamilton and currently Associate Director of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Movement is by award-winning choreographers Errol White and Davina Givan, of White & Givan, and sound by Ed Clarke.

The production features an amalgamation of verbatim text, original text and physical theatre accompanied by an original score. The interactions between the characters poignantly highlight the stark reality of control and coercion, interlaced with humour and normality.

Imagine If is a Leeds-based theatre company and charity, founded in 2014, which tours new writing to theatres and prisons across the UK. Its productions are based on the world around us comprising real stories from real people, placing those without a voice at the forefront of each Imagine If production. As well as theatre productions, Imagine If runs a range of drama-based workshops across the UK with offenders, ex-offenders, those with mental health issues, recovering addicts, young adults in the care system and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. You Forgot the Mince had an extensive research phase including drama workshops in HMP Leeds and with ex-offenders within the community.

To book tickets, priced £10 - £13 (booking fee applies), visit The Courtyard Theatre website:, book by telephone: 020 7729 2202 (3pm - 7.30pm, Tues - Sun only)
or via email:

To find out more about the show, watch the trailer here:

and visit the company website and social media: / Twitter @imagine_if_co / Facebook @imagineiftheatrecompany.


Venue: The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU

Date: Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 September 2017

Time: 7.30pm (duration 1hr). Free Q&A with the cast after the show, open to ticket-holders.

Prices: £10 - £13. (booking fee applies)

Box office:, telephone booking: 020 7729 2202 (3pm - 7.30pm, Tues - Sun only) or via email

Suitability: ages 12+. Performance contains brief depictions of violence.

Imagine If is supporting young adults in care with free tickets available for every show

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