Wednesday, 30 November 2016

So It Goes in Shanghai

As soon as we got back from Georgia, we took So It Goes to China, to perform at Shanghai Contemporary Theatre Festival.  It was a brilliant trip, where we played to big, friendly audiences as part of an incredibly exciting programme of innovative, international work.

We spoke to audiences as part of a post-show Q&A and also took part in a panel discussion about physical comedy, where we had the chance to talk about the Jacques Lecoq School to a Chinese audience who, for the most part, weren't aware of his work and his legacy.

Massive thanks to everyone in Shanghai and to the British Council!

So It Goes in Georgia

We spent three weeks in Batumi, Georgia recreating So It Goes in a new Georgian-language production, with two Georgian actors.

The show opened to a full house and received a standing ovation.  It will continue to run for a further fifteen performances, as part of Batumi Drama Theatre's repertoire of work. 

A huge thank you to Batumi Drama Theatre, British Council and to the region of Adjara's Ministry For Culture, who made the project possible.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Four stars in The Times for Tell Me Anything

Here's today's four star review for Tell Me Anything from Donald Hutera at The Times.  Book now for performances at Shoreditch Town Hall, London from 20th September to 1 October, or Margate Theatre Royal on 17th September.

Even more tweets...

Final round up of our Edinburgh Fringe Twitter love... Don't forget, the show comes to Shoreditch Town Hall, London from Sept 20th to 1st Oct after a performance in Margate on 17th Sept!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

More tweets

One more week to go at the Edinburgh Fringe!  Catch us every day at 5.45pm at Summerhall.  Here are some more tweets from lovely audience members...

Friday, 12 August 2016

Audience responses for Tell Me Anything

We're having a great time time performing Tell Me Anything at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Catch the show at 5.45pm every day at Summerhall (tickets here).  Here's what some of our audiences have been saying:

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Further reading

In no particular order, here are some of the best books I read whilst researching our new show Tell Me Anything, which is about eating disorders and relationships.

From the author of I Love Dick, a characteristically incisive, wry, raw exploration of anorexia via Simone Weil and Kraus's own deeply personal experiences.  A book which taught me all about flawed heroes and unreliable narrators.

“Anorexia is not evasion of a social gender role; it’s not regression.  It is an active stance: the rejection of the cynicism that this culture hands us through food.”

I don’t know if I agree with this but Kraus does, as the blurb on the back of the book puts it so well, “reclaim anorexia from the psychoanalytical girl ghetto of ‘poor self-esteem’”.

An extraordinary book and rightful winner of this year's Man Booker International Prize.  A novel about food, culture, patriarchy which showed me how not to portray women with eating disorders as victims.

I read this when I was fifteen and refer to it frequently in my teenage diaries because it resembled Kate's experience on so many levels.

“I cannot help but think that had I lived in a culture where ‘thinness’ was not regarded as a strange state of grace, I might have sought out another means of attaining that grace.”

A recently published, frank and deeply touching memoir of anorexia.  This was the book that many of my collaborators said helped them the most.

Further information about Eating Disorders - including help and resources for both sufferers and carers

Our new show Tell Me Anything deals with David's experience of caring for a girlfriend who had an eating disorder, when he was fifteen.  If you would like to know more about the issues raised in the show, or if you are affected by them yourself, we highly recommend the following websites and organisations.

This was fundamental to our understanding of the experience of being a carer. If you're going through something similar and looking for help, this website is the best place to start.

An international organisation of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support

An online community of parents of eating disorder patients around the world run by F.E.A.S.T. ATDT is a moderated forum that has connected and supported parents since 2004.

A series of short films and interviews, designed to help eating disorder sufferers, carers, family and friends, as well as healthcare and education professionals

An organisation run by Veronica Kamerling, whose daughters suffered from eating disorders.  Veronica now run the London Carers' Group, a self help group run by and for carers.

Information and help on all aspects of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, binge eating disorder and related eating disorders.

A charity that investigates supports academics and eating disorder practitioners in building, collecting and disseminating knowledge, research and evidence and which works to develop and establish tools to further the understanding of eating disorders.

Information and help on eating disorders for carers, sufferers and mental health workers. A website designed by June Alexander, an Australian writer, educator and public speaker on eating disorders and mental health issues.

Boys Get Anorexia Too & Men Get Eating Disorders Too
Information and resources for men or boys suffering from eating disorders and their carers.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Edinburgh Fringe recommendations

In case you don't have time to browse the full gimp owl catalogue, we’d like to recommend a few shows by friends of ours who make brilliant, brilliant work.

In the meantime, don't forget to book for our show Tell Me Anything which will play at Summerhall at 5.45pm from 3-28 August.  Tickets are on sale here.

Pleasance Courtyard, 2pm
We saw an extract of Goggles at Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Day a few months ago and adored it.  A quirky comedy about Josie and Gemma’s friendship, and their pet goldfish, Sunny and Boo. 

Summerhall, 1.35pm
Songs, politics, dodgy landlords and detective work from the riotously funny and always anarchic Sh!t Theatre.

Underbelly Cowgate, 6pm
A new play about revenge porn from the award-winning team behind Bitch Boxer, including director Bryony Shanahan, who worked with us on So it Goes.

Summerhall, 2.50pm
Tackling the topic of anxiety, a rollercoaster one-woman show from our Lecoq buddies on the button.

Underbelly Cowgate, 5.30pm
Joanna is joined onstage by her father Pat, a retired builder who’s never made theatre in his life.  Pat learns to be a comedian, whilst Joanna does some honest construction work.  (I saw a work in progress of this last year and it was bloody amazing.  The description above doesn’t really do it justice.) Directed by our old friend Julian Spooner, from Rhum and Clay Theatre Company.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Edinburgh Fringe fundraiser - can you help?

We're delighted to be taking our new show Tell Me Anything to the Edinburgh Fringe.  But we need your help to get there!

We've raised 90% of the money we need to make it to Edinburgh and we've launched a crowd funding campaign to help make up that last 10%.  

We're aiming to raise £1500 to invest directly into the show, as well as marketing which will help us reach as large an audience as possible.  Have a look at the video above to find out more about the show and where the money will go.

Click here to make a donation.  Big or small, it will make a big difference.

Thank you!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

TELL ME ANYTHING at the Edinburgh Fringe

3 to 28 August 2016
17.45 (60 mins)
Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre

Book tickets here

Head to our website for more info about the show and details of preview performances in Ipswich, York & London