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York Theatre Royal



About the piece

May and Fly are looking for love. Well, May is looking for love. Fly is just looking.


Funny, intimate and relatable, Mayflies tells the story of a romantic relationship from its first flourish to its final goodbye. It explores the different versions of themselves that people become during relationships and how – in the blink of an eye – it can all come crashing down.

Three actors alternate the roles of May and Fly, meaning there are three different versions of this show to see.


Creative Team


Book & Lyrics | Gus Gowland

Music | Joseph Church

Designer | TK Hay

Lighting Design | David Howe

Sound Design | Chris Whybrow

Guitarist | Joel Benedict


Nuno Queimado - May

Rumi Sutton - May/Fly

Emma Thornett - Fly




Yorkshire Post

“Ingenious … Pushes the boundaries of musical storytelling - Tania Azevedo excellent direction is pacy, slick and above all imaginative”


JackTheLad Mag

“A witty, thought provoking and inclusive musical. Well choreographed interludes, all skilfully directed by Tania Azevedo.”


The Stage

"A show with huge potential. Azevedo’s direction is so fluid and paced that you get swept along the way.”



"Tania Azevedo's production is marvellously sure-footed on TK Hay's elegant set"

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