Caroline Horton & Co and China Plate present
You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy
Commissioned by China Plate / Warwick Arts Centre / mac birmingham
OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATED FOR OUSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN AFFILIATE THEATRE 2013
WINNER OF THE STAGE AWARDS BEST SOLO PERFORMER 2010
January 1945, Paris is liberated. Christiane, an eccentric and acutely myopic Parisian waits at Gare Du Nord for a ticket to England to be reunited with her fiancé. Whilst she waits, this gloriously irrepressible Mademoiselle recounts the extraordinary story of her love affair with Cyril, a tongue-tied teacher from Staffordshire. From a chance encounter at Cheadle tennis club, their story takes us on to cosmopolitan 1930s Paris before war interrupts their unlikely romance. A fond, tender, comical and ultimately poignant portrait of one woman's experience of love and war.
In 2002, Caroline’s French grandmother, Christiane, moved into sheltered housing. Amongst a lifetime of clutter, Caroline found a shoebox containing wartime letters. She has pieced together this story from Christiane’s letters and from their conversations about her youth, her love affair with Cyril Horton and her memories of occupied France.
Caroline performed the show for Christiane at her retirement home in Shenstone, Staffordshire in October 2010. Christiane died peacefully on 12th January 2011.
Walking back to my rented flat after witnessing Caroline Horton’s one-woman tour de force, a funny thing happened – I started sobbing with what I can only describe as pure joy.
What’s On Stage ★★★★★
It's a tale she tells with plenty of charm, but a gratifying lack of sentiment…As somebody whose grandparents went through similar, I'm not ashamed to say I found myself welling up at the dénouement.
Time Out ★★★★
…gathers in both charm and emotional engagement until even a hardened hack may be on the brink of tears. Winsome in all the best ways, this Horton may not be hearing a “Who?” for very long.
Financial Times ★★★★
Writer and Performer
OMAR ELERIAN and DANIEL GOLDMAN
Dramaturg / Assistant Director
|15th Aug 2015 - 16th Aug 2015||Charles Cryer Studio Theatre - Sutton Theatres, Carshalton|
|22nd Aug 2015 - 29th Aug 2015||Pleasance Courtyard - The Attic, Edinburgh|