The Yard announces casting for Dirty Crusty By Clare Barron

The Yard Theatre has announced the casting for the premiere of award-winning American playwright Clare Barron’s Dirty Crusty, directed by founder and Artistic Director Jay Miller and running from Thursday 24 October to Saturday 30 November with Press Night on Tuesday 29 October and a captioned performance on Wednesday 20 November.

Akiya Henry (Coram Boy, National Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, RSC) will play Jeanine, Douggie McMeekin (Chernobyl, HBO; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Young Vic) will play Vincent and Abiona Omonua (Caroline, Or Change, Hampstead Theatre; Guys and Dolls, Royal Exchange Theatre) will play Synda.

 Dirty Crusty centres around Jeanine and her relationship with her body, a man called Victor, and her new dance teacher Synda. It follows Clare Barron’s ★★★★★ Dance Nation at the Almeida Theatre, winner of the 2019 James Tait Black Prize for Drama, and Jay Miller’s sell-out ★★★★★ production of The Crucible at The Yard earlier this year (“Without doubt the finest production of The Crucible I have ever seen”, Evening Standard).

Tickets start at £10, with £5 tickets on the door for under 26s and 30% off for local residents with a free Yard Local Card.

Director Jay Miller:
“The Yard does not make shows that are neatly packaged messages, but shows that give the audience an experience of life. This play is just that. It is messy and unpredictable, alive and surprising. Clare Barron is one of the best living playwrights in the English language and this cast is everything we could have hoped for. I can’t wait for audiences to see
Dirty Crusty.

Listings information

Dirty Crusty
The Yard Theatre
Unit 2a Queens Yard, London E9 5EN

24 October – 30 November | 7:30pm Monday – Saturday, 1pm some Saturdays

Press Night Tuesday 29 October, 7:30pm

Captioned performance Wednesday 20 November, 7:30pm

Age guidance 14+

Tickets from £10, prices increase as the theatre fills // £5 on the door for U25s // 30% off for local residents with a Yard Local Card



Jeanine Akiya Henry

Vincent Douggie McMeekin

Synda Abiona Omonua



Writer Clare Barron

Director Jay Miller

Designer Emma Bailey

Sound Designer and additional composition Josh Anio Grigg

Composer Jonah Brody

Lighting Designer Rajiv Pattani

Choreographer Darcy Wallace

Casting Director Serena Hill CDG

Assistant Director Georgia Green 

Dirty Crusty

 “We must be the women of the future standing here in this bathroom because we look like sex and power, we look like sex and power, and you don’t even know it, standing there in that motherfucking pantsuit.”

 Jeanine is determined to improve her life. With sex. With dance. With new hobbies, like horticulture. But self-improvement is hard. Reclaiming your dreams is hard. And personal hygiene is really, really hard.

 A new show from writer Clare Barron (★★★★★ Dance Nation, Almeida) and director Jay Miller (★★★★★ This Beautiful Future, ★★★★★ The Crucible).

 Akiya Henry

Theatre includes: Coram Boy; Once In A Lifetime; Anything Goes; Love’s Labour Lost (National Theatre), The Little Matchgirl; Twelfth Night; Under The Black Flag, Coriolanus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V (RSC) Medea; An Oak Tree; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic), Sense Of An Ending; Cake and Congo (Theatre 503), The Enchanted Pig; Skellig (Young Vic), The Beggar’s Opera; Hello Dolly; The Tempest (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park), Just So; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Mottled Lines (Orange Tree Theatre), Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), The Nutcracker and The Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sheffield Crucible Theatre) The Dark (Ovalhouse)

 Film includes: Macbeth, Rabbit Fever, The Best Man, De Lovely

 Television includes: Obsession: Dark Desires, Silent Witness, Captain Mack, Little Britain, Bing, Moominvalley, The Rubbish World of Dave Spud, 101 Dalmatians, Hilda, Bottersnikes & Gumbles

Douggie McMeakin

Theatre includes: The Night Before Christmas (Southwark Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Vic), Wendy & Peter (RSC)

Film includes: Nasty Women, The Hustle, The Call Up

Television includes: Chernobyl, Harlots, Traitors, The Crown

 Abiona Omonua

Theatre includes: Caroline, Or Change (Hampstead Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), Guys And Dolls (Royal Exchange Theatre), Hamlet (Tara Arts), Soul (Royal & Derngate/Hackney Empire), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), Parade (Southwark Playhouse), Hairspray (UK Tour), Hot Mikado (The Watermill), Wild Party (Arts Educational)

Film includes: Beauty And The Beast

Television includes: Cucumber