Five Year Plan follows a group of three friends, Sarah being the main character. Each scene meets the group five years on from the last scene. We see two of the characters, Hannah and Roisin, mature and move on with their lives. We see Sarah stay the same, and the audience watches her turn from the ‘queen bee’ of the group to somebody immature and selfish, with an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
The main theme the play explores is addiction- is someone an addict if they are functional? At what point do we stop calling someone a party girl and start calling them an addict? At what point do friends have to walk away so that the addict can save themselves?
Written by Nicola Spendlove.(People’s Choice Award at Short+Sweet Dublin)
Nicola says of her play: It was like I was writing what would have been my own future had life gone slightly differently for me.
Things like sexual assault and addiction, they might seem like topical issues.This is edgy or relevant. Genuinely not the case – they’re issues that you’d be hard pushed to find someone whose life hasn’t been touched by in some way, and that’s why they’re in my head and in my work.
Directed by Ben Quinlan
Cast: Ema Lemon. Grannie Kavanagh. Abi Mc Cormack
Five Year Plan: By Nicola Spendlove
Produced by Stagemad