The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

a Haley McGee production
presented by Outside the March and Soulpepper
in collaboration with red light district.


Last Year’s Smash Hit Returns May 2020!

Can we turn sentimental value into cold, hard cash?

Haley McGee was on the phone with Visa, promising to pay off her bill by having a yard sale, when she realized all the things she could sell were gifts from her exes. Inspired by this call, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is a hilarious and daring show about the cost of love… or what love costs us.

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale smashes together personal divulgences, math, recorded interviews with Haley’s exes and economics in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. This autobiographical show features eight objects — all gifts from Haley’s exes — and introduces audiences to a mathematical formula (created by mathematician Melanie Phillips) for the cost of love.


“This is one of the best shows of the year… McGee and this show are priceless.”

– NOW Magazine

May 19th – June 7th, 2020

90 minutes

Haley McGee: writer & performer
Melanie Phillips: mathematics collaborator
Mitchell Cushman: director
Zoe Robinson: producer (UK)
Anna Reid: scenic design
Kieran Lucas: sound design
Lucy Adams: lighting design
Eliza Cass: additional production & creative support
Nick Blais: production manager and relights
Griffin McInnes: production support (Canada)

This performance was developed in Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Blocks scheme in 2017. In August 2017, it won the Wilderness Festival commission. The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale premiered at Camden People’s Theatre in November 2018. Partner venues include Battersea Arts Centre and The Albany with additional support from Arts Council England, The Theatre Centre (Toronto), and Ontario Arts Council (Canada).

Production stills by Sophie le Roux.

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane

Joyful, funny, excruciating … A powerhouse performance.

The Stage


The Stage

This is intelligent theatre – deeply felt, consistently hilarious and hypnotically honest – that’s been carefully made.

Exeunt Magazine


Exeunt Magazine


The Guardian


The Guardian