Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Bryony Shanahan directs debbie tucker green’s sharp examination of our transactional world

Cast announced  for trade: Ayesha Antoine, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Jo Martin.

Three women, The Novice played by Ayesha Antoine (Doctor Who), The Local played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Top Boy) and The Regular played by Jo Martin (NW), navigate their way through a series of powerful oppositions: here and there, attack and defence, us and them. Charged with undertones of exploitation and self-justification, the play offers an insight into their lives and the concept of financial and emotional trade.



Bryony Shanahan received a Genesis Future Directors Award for her production of trade, her first time directing at the Young Vic. She is co-Artistic Director of Snuff Box Theatre and in 2014 she won a BBC Performing Arts Award to work at the Royal Exchange, where she assisted on Sarah Frankcom’s Hamletwith Maxine Peake. Her directing credits include: Weald (2016, Finborough Theatre); Operation Crucible (The Crucible, Finborough Theatre); Nothing (Royal Exchange); Boys Will Be Boys (Women Centre Stage: Heroines Festival at the National Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre, national tour & Adelaide Fringe Festival) and Chapel Street (national tour). As an Assistant and Associate Director, her credits include: The Skriker (Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre; as staff director) and Around The World In 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre).

debbie tucker green is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Her work returns to the Young Vic following dirty butterfly in 2014 and generations in 2007. Stage works include: hang, truth and reconciliationrandomstoning mary (Royal Court); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead), for which she won an Olivier Award in 2004 and then an OBIE award for the play’s Soho Rep production in 2011, and nut (National Theatre). TV and film credits include: random, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012 and MVSA Award for Best UK Film in 2011 and second coming, which won the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award and is also BAFTA nominated.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Bryony Shanahan with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.