A production informed by a research residency with a group of 14- 19year olds who live in Acomb about reality TV and the blurring effect of ‘Facebook fame.’ 

14 year old Chelsea lives in Acomb, York – and as far as she is concerned her life is a mess. But she has got a plan. With the help of best mates Lee and Dionne she is going to turn things around and star in her own reality drama. Soon enough, everyone wants a piece of Chelsea’s reality but an life in from of the lens ever refocus the many troubles behind it? 

The Only Way Is Chelsea’s is a funny, dark and touching tale about one girls’ quest to reinvent her own reality.


by Frazer Flintham
Directed by Jane Fallowfield
Designed by Mila Sanders
Cast: Laura Elsworthy, Tanya Vital and James Cooney


The production was debuted at York Theatre Royal and toured to Live Theatre and Soho Theatre supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England. 


Winner of York Theatre Royal’s TakeOver Residency Award 2013

A co-production between Forward Theatre Project, Root Theatre and York Theatre Royal.