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Es & Flo

Es & Flo

By Jennifer Lunn
Series: NHB Modern Plays
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839041402, 112 pages, May 2023


Es and Flo fell fiercely in love in the eighties. They've been living as secret lovers ever since. As Es becomes more forgetful around their home, an unexpected carer arrives. Who sent this woman? Why? And can they trust her?

As the outside world comes crashing in, Flo fights to protect the life they've built together over forty years behind closed doors. And faces the hardest battle of her life – to hold on to the woman she loves.

Jennifer Lunn's play Es & Flo is a sharply observed, deeply compassionate drama, coloured with memories of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. It celebrates an older lesbian relationship, women coming together to fight for what's right, and the healing power of chosen family.

The play was produced by Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and opened there in April 2023 before moving to Kiln Theatre, London, directed by Susie McKenna. It won the Popcorn Group Writing Award and the Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award.


'A ray of sunshine... a moving dementia drama that left me in happy tears'

- The Times

'A tender drama by an accomplished playwright... packs emotional punch... a deeply moving love story'

- WhatsOnStage

'A beautiful lesbian love story, and a heartbreaking picture of the onset of dementia... not only moving but often touchingly funny'

- British Theatre Guide

'A complex, glorious celebration of senior queer women... tender and multifaceted... written with storytelling verve'

- Broadway World

'Moving and authentic... emotionally piercing... written with refreshing expertise... a rich and rare tale of two women sharing their lives'

- Time Out

'Warm, funny and full of love'

- Reviews Hub

'A deeply moving play about love and dementia... poignant, with a finely honed script... brimming with nuance, sentiment and pathos'

- The Stage

'Tender and moving... sharply observed... captivating and truly powerful'

- Queer Review

'A tender portrait of a woman caring for her love, in sickness and in health... Es & Flo has heart and soul... the characters are so charming and funny, and their dedication to each other so complete, that joy and affection seep through at every turn'

- Guardian