Mess - a comedy about anorexia, by Caroline Horton

'A play with songs’ combining comedy and poignancy


This article is from 2012.

Mess - a comedy about anorexia, by Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton (acclaimed performer of 2010 Fringe solo show You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy) returns to Edinburgh with Mess, a piece she describes as ‘a play with songs’ inspired by her own experience of suffering with anorexia. ‘I didn’t want it to be po-faced,’ she insists. ‘I didn’t want to make a piece that was educational or navel gazing.

‘It felt important to me to tell a story about the relationships around the illness,’ she continues. ‘The central relationship is between Josephine and her friend Boris. A lot of the story is about what happens to that relationship while Josephine goes through her experience of anorexia.’

From the outset, Horton wanted to create a ‘light vehicle’ for her exploration of this difficult subject. Hence the metatheatrical device of a play-within-a-play (Josephine and her friends are staging a drama about anorexia). The result, she hopes, is a piece which switches between comedy and moments of real poignancy.

Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 3–26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), times vary, £17–£19 (£12–£14). Preview 2 Aug, 3.15pm, £12 (£6).

This article is from 2012.


Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton's play about anorexia and recovery. Ages 13+.

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