Up the Hill, Jackie

a new play written by Aine Ryan

performed by Aine & Erin Ryan

Jackie gets pregnant, and tells Rita that the father is Mick, their aunt Maureen’s fiancé. Rita feels sixteen year old Jackie is far too immature to have this child, never mind the effect she predicts it would have on their aunt who has been very generous toward them. Jackie is madly in love with Mick though, and thinks that having his child might be her only way of sustaining a relationship with him after he gets married to Maureen next week.

All set in London on the weekend of the abortion appointment, the girl’s plan goes completely pear shaped when they bump into their aunt Maureen unexpectedly also over from Ireland for the weekend. Rita sends Jackie to the clinic alone, and spends the day shopping with Maureen instead. However when Rita arrives at the clinic later that afternoon to meet Jackie, a new surprise awaits her, and the evening starts spiralling out of both sister’s control…



Aine Ryan

Aine Ryan is a playwright and actor from Co. Tipperary. Her first play Kitty in the Lane received critical acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 and toured in Ireland, UK and US. She has a B.A Honours in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has completed writing courses with BBC, Apples and Snakes and is part of Unapologetic poetry collective in London. Previous acting credits includes Sive in Desolate Heaven (Everyman Theatre, Cork) and various short films.

Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan is from Co. Tipperary. She is currently taking a gap year between school and university. She has previously played various roles in school musicals. Up the Hill Jackie is her professional stage debut.