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Variations by Katie Hims

A black and white photograph, close up of some hands cracking open an egg. The egg has coloured lines radiating from it.

Variations by Katie Hims

Thirteen-year-old Alice wishes her life was completely different. She wakes up one morning to find that her life is different. In fact, it's so different that all she wants to do is get back to normality. But how does she do that? 

A play about family, string theory and breakfast.

Cast size: 13


Why I wrote this play

‘I wanted to write about that feeling we can all have, that we wish our lives were different, particularly when it comes to our families. I also love stories about parallel universes and plays that repeat themselves. I wondered “What if a young girl wakes up repeatedly to all the various families she might have had?”‘

Katie Hims

Katie is currently on attachment to the National Theatre studio. Previous stage work includes BILLY THE GIRL for Clean Break at Soho Theatre. Since 2014 she has worked on the radio series HOME FRONT, including three seasons as lead writer. Other radio work includes POETRY IN MOTION, BLACK DOG, KING DAVID, LOST PROPERTY (winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Original Drama), THE GUNSHOT WEDDING (winner of The Writer’s Guild Best Original Radio Drama) and THE EARTHQUAKE GIRL (winner of the Richard Imison Award). Her recent radio adaptations were THE HOT KID by Elmore Leonard and THE MARTIN BECK KILLINGS by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. She has also written for the long running television series CASUALTY.