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)
Caroline Horton and Co and China Plate present
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+
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.
★★★★ 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
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…
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.
Original Score and songs
|18th Jan 2017 - 22nd Jan 2017||PuSh, International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver|
|1st Feb 2017 - 11th Feb 2017||Vertigo Theatre, Calgary|
|15th Feb 2017 - 26th Feb 2017||Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Winnipeg|