Caroline Horton’s multi award-winning show

Mess

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

#MessTheatre

Awards for Mess

Winner – Best Ensemble (The Stage Awards 2012)

 

Winner – Argus Angel Award (Brighton Fringe 2013)

 

Nominated – OFFIE for Best New Play 2013

 

Caroline Horton – 2013 Olivier Award nominee

(You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy)

About the show

Caroline Horton and Co and China Plate present

Mess

By Caroline Horton

STAGE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST ENSEMBLE 2012

Josephine is putting on a play - Boris and Sistahl help. It's about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. Unflinchingly they confront big issues (and extremely tiny ones). Today they will tackle a particularly thin elephant in the room. Obsession, addiction and not wanting to get out of bed: a play with songs from 2013 Olivier Award nominated Caroline Horton (You’re Not Like Other Girls Chrissy).

Triggered@Warwick. Funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award. Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Parabola Arts Centre. Supported by Ovalhouse, London.

Most suited to ages 13+

@carolineplays

The story of Mess

Mess premiered at the Traverse Theatre during the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show played to sold-out audiences and received 5 star reviews from ThreeWeeks and Broadway Baby, 4 star reviews from Financial Times, The Herald, Time Out, Metro and Evening Standard and was featured in articles and blogs in The Guardian, The List, Fest and The Scotsman. The show was a Stage ‘Pick of the Fringe’ and won the Stage Award for Best Ensemble.

The show embarked on an eight-week tour in April 2013 to Bristol Old Vic, Warwick Arts Centre, Live, ARC, Parabola Arts Centre, The Nightingale Theatre (as part of Brighton Fringe), Octagon Theatre, Lincoln Arts Centre, Cornerstone, The Theatre (Chipping Norton), the egg, Jersey Arts Centre, New Wolsey Theatre (as part of Pulse Fringe Festival) and finished with a 3-week run at BAC to sold-out audiences. The show was nominated for an OFFIE award for best new play following the tour.

Acutely aware of the ethical concerns of creating work about mental illness, Caroline collaborated closely with experts from Ethox, Beat, the Maudsley Hospital and King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry in both the study and treatment of anorexia and the ethical issues surrounding it.

Reviews

 

★★★★ WhatsOnStage    ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

★★★★ EveningStandard    ★★★★ FinancialTimes    ★★★★ Metro

★★★★ Time Out    ★★★★ The Independent    ★★★★ The Herald

 

Comes perilously close to genius and announces Horton as a major major talent. Time Out 

It is one of the oddest, funniest, saddest pieces of theatre I’ve seen in some time. The Independent 

Workshops

Mess offers an insight into the experience of anorexia that challenges popular misconceptions. The show tours with an accompanying workshop that was created specifically for the piece, in collaboration with key medical and outreach experts.

The workshop explores the themes addressed in the show and aims to…

  • Stimulate discourse around eating disorders and look at why it’s important to directly address eating disorders. This includes promoting discussion between students and teachers.
  • Increase awareness and understanding for the carer/onlooker and sufferer
  • Give participants a “toolkit” to deal with encountering someone with an eating disorder or developing one themselves.
  • Empower the participants with a hopeful and realistic message about the possibility of recovery.
  • Dispel commonly held, unhelpful beliefs around eating disorders.
  • Pose the question of why Mess was created and how we can address issues such as eating disorders with theatre and how theatre can draw on personal stories

Workshop location: school / education / mental health Environments
Target participants: Students aged 13yrs+
Maximum participants: x30
Length: 2-4 hours

Q&A / talks / discussions:
In addition to regular post show discussions, private Q&As and talks addressing the themes of the play are available for school groups / specific audiences.

Cast and Creative Team

Writer
CAROLINE HORTON

Director
ALEX SWIFT

Original Score and songs
SEIRIOL DAVIES

Designer
FIAMMETTA HORVAT

Lighting Designer
ANDY PURVES

Producer
CHINA PLATE

Cast 2014

CAROLINE HORTON
EMILY GODDARD
SEIRIOL DAVIES

Cast 2013

CAROLINE HORTON
HANNAH BOYDE
SEIRIOL DAVIES

Open for bookings

WhenWhere
18th Jan 2017 - 22nd Jan 2017PuSh, International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver 
1st Feb 2017 - 11th Feb 2017Vertigo Theatre, Calgary 
15th Feb 2017 - 26th Feb 2017Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg