Davey has been inside for a decade. Shell has been holding the fort. It's the day before Davey's release from HMP Altcourse, and the pair of them prepare to sit alongside each other like they used to.
Where they live, there are loads of Shells, and loads of empty sides-of-the-bed, where their fellas once slept. Everywhere around Shell, in the community, resilience has sprouted, sown by hands as strong as her own. She's tended to the threadbare patch of grass in her garden over the years, she's turned it over, she's kept it alive. Now Davey is making his way back to her, after all these years. She's stuck by him - all this time she's barely stood next to him, she's stuck by him.
"Thing is, since you've been gone, my skin has been shed a hundred times Davey. I'm not the same. I'm new, now."
Shell and Davey at the Start and the End explores how Shell and Davey navigate their first night back together, when they are not the same people they once were. It'll ask the question; how do you go back? Interwoven monologues & duologues, the play will switch back and forth between their present and past; exploring how our memories bind us and trip us up.