RADAR PERFORMANCE: Mess

by Caroline Horton
Sold out

Presented by Caroline Horton and Company with China Plate in association with the Bush Theatre as part of RADAR 2013

Winner of The Stage Awards Best Ensemble 2012

We’re putting on a play. It’s about anorexia, but don’t let that put you off.

Based on Caroline Horton’s own experiences of anorexia, Mess is a show about one person’s journey through anorexia and recovery. The show tells the story of Josephine’s attempt to put on a play that will ‘tackle issues and conquer stigma’, with the help of her good friend Boris and musician Sistahl.

Josephine, Boris and Sistahl are catapulted from the depths of despair and bafflement to the heights of joy and hope and back again as they struggle to tell the story of Josephine’s anorexia and recovery. Mess is a window into an internal world of addiction and control, which is finally rejected for the outside world – messy, chaotic, rich.

The show was devised by the company and written by Caroline Horton. With absurd physical theatre and original songs, Mess is darkly funny, deeply moving and incredibly bold.

Touring in association with Beat (the UK’s leading charity supporting people with eating disorders). Developed with the help of experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry. [email protected] Arts Centre. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and Arts Council England. Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Parabola Arts Centre. Supported by Ovalhouse, London.

From the Olivier nominated playwright and performer of You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy

DATES AND DETAILS

Mess plays as part of a double bill alongside Where the White Stops] from ANTLER theatre on Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 November, 7.30pm: £15 (£13 concessions and £10 Bush Connect Members tickets)
BOOK NOW

This is a past event
Director
Writer

Cast

Seiriol Davies
Seek The Winning (Bwark), How to Win Against History (Oval House), Moon River (Pleasance Theatre), Astronomical: A City of Darker Skies (The Albany), Empire of Feathers (Bedlam Theater, Cincinatti Festival), Transformations.
Emily Goddard
Caroline Horton
Caroline Horton is a theatre maker, performer, writer and director based in Birmingham. She was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre for You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy, which also won Best Solo Performer at the 2010 Stage Awards and was nominated for Best Theatre Performer 2011 at Adelaide fringe. Chrissy was shortlisted for the Holden Street Theatres Award 2010 and New Writing South Best New Play Award 2011. Caroline’s second show Mess continues to tour after opening at The Traverse in August 2012, where it won Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards. Mess also won an Argus Angel award and was nominated for an Offie for Best New Play. This year Caroline created and performed Penelope Retold for Derby Theatre (The Guardian ★★★★) and her first radio play for BBC Radio 4, Paris, Nana & Me. Current projects include directing Ishbel & I for Julia Voce and creating a new show about The Staffordshire Hoard with the New Vic. She’s an associate artist at The Bush and has just finished a year’s residency at the Oxford Playhouse on their Evolve programme. In August, she starts a year’s associate-ship at Birmingham Rep. Caroline directed/co-adapted Grisly Tales from Tumblewater for Teasel. She has also collaborated with Shams, MAKE/SHIFT and The Plasticine Men and on Hetty Feather directed by Sally Cookson. In 2013, she made a podcast for Fuel’s series While We Wait. Recent acting credits include: Heidi at the egg, Bath, directed by Lee Lyford; the White Witch in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe at The Brewhouse; Olga in Heldenplatz at the Arcola directed by Annie Castledine and Annabel Arden and performed as Cinderella in the version by Melly Still and Ben Power at Warwick Arts Centre. Caroline performed Almost 10 for Tangram at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009 and was nominated in The Stage Awards for Best Solo Performer. Caroline adapted and performed I'll Show You Mine (TimeOut Critics' Choice, August 2011).

@bushtheatre

rinafatania
@rinafatania
18 May
What a cast! I cannot wait to see this by wonder-scribe @AmbreenRazia https://t.co/z3Dm4yAPmx
Anjli Mohindra
@AnjMohindra
18 May
🚨 Happening tonight! Really looking forward to having @bushtheatre's @DanielLBailey with us following FOXES to disc… https://t.co/SxVEGJt20C
Seven Dials Playhouse
@7DialsPlayhouse
18 May
About to see House of Ife at @bushtheatre. I am loving the traverse stage and I get to see the audience watch the s… https://t.co/4wsW6niwuB
Julene Robinson
@JuleneRobinson
18 May
ok vogue!!!!!! ?? 🫠 https://t.co/jpa3igXhAW
eleanor tindall
@eleanortindall_
18 May
United by grief - divided by secrets. #HouseOfIfe @bushtheatre is the ★★★★ "tense and fascinating" (Broadway World… https://t.co/na0ElFE48e
Afridiziak Theatre News
@Afridiziak
17 May

Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
Behind the Scenes on House of Ife: Costume Design

We caught up with House of Ife set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw to find out more about her work as a designer and the reasons behind her inspiration for the costume on House of Ife.  What is the role of a costume designer? The role of a costume designer is really to think about…

Get ready to stream Red Pitch online

Red Pitch is set to stream from Monday 9 May. Have the full experience of the show and get ready with us. Book tickets here. Drinks & Snacks Make sure you’ve got your refreshments prepped! Our in-house mixologists designed a custom show cocktail, The Offside, and an alcohol-free mocktail, The Extra Time, for Red Pitch.…

MEET OUR 2021 EMERGING WRITERS’ GROUP

Our Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG) is in its seventh year with a new intake of six writers. Meet Nicole, Georgia, Dilan, Lydia, Jilly and Diyan. There’s so much to say about our new Emerging Writers’ Group that we’ve asked them to introduce themselves along with their favourite piece of writing Nicole Acquah is a multi-disciplinary…