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Mess – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Mess is a unapologetically about anorexia nervosa. This might make one feel uneasy about watching, after all, it can have tragic consequences. That writer and actor Caroline Horton has used her own experiences in Mess might make it even more uncomfortable. But no. There are unnerving sequences, yes, but the ...

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Mess – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Caroline Horton Music: Seiriol Davies Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4.0] There’s plenty of performance work around in which artists expose their anxieties, their struggles with the real world, and their fragile state. It’s often self indulgent, sometimes harrowing, occasionally worthy. Caroline Horton has made a play about her own experience of illness and recovery from anorexia that’s ...

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Mess – Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4] It’s a dangerous game to play for a production to treat a serious issue with a light touch. The line into parody and mocking can so easily be crossed. In the gentle hands of Caroline Horton and company, however, that lightness of touch allows a harrowing tale to be told ...

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Mess – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Lettie Mckie [rating:4] There are some topics which it is almost impossible to address in theatre without falling into a trap. Drug addiction, homelessness and domestic abuse are all tricky, but one of the hardest issues to tackle with sensitivity, avoiding tired clichés or platitudes, is eating disorders. The success of Mess, devised ...

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Mess – Studio, Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4] Caroline Horton and her company have produced a highly engaging, thought provoking, creative and very funny investigation into anorexia. Not an obvious choice for comedy, but don’t be put off. Hats off to Horton and her team for balancing such serious subject matter with humour while never allowing comedy at ...

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Mess – Didcot Cornerstone Arts Centre

Writer: Caroline Horton &devised by the company Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Tom Finch [Rating:3.5] Josephine is putting on a play. It’s about anorexia - but don’t let that put you off. Over the course of seventy minutes she tells us about her experience of suffering and recovering from anorexia nervosa. With the help of two friends, Boris (played with excellent ...

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Cooking Ghosts – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Reviewer: Jojo Townsend [rating:3] Cooking Ghosts is a devised performance piecing together memories from childhood through home movies, puppetry and a specially composed score. Three performers delve bravely into Kristin Fredricksson’s childhood before her mother committed suicide and what happened after with the help of three projectors that layer these memories without a narrative to capture the essence of the ...

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