Generic Theatre Stage shot - ATV 2007Mess, the award winning show based on Caroline Horton’s experiences of anorexia, begins a national tour next month.

This funny and poignant play with songs is a three hander about obsession, despair and finally about letting go, offering an authentic insight that challenges popular misconceptions about dealing with and recovering from anorexia nervosa. Mess was developed with the help of experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, one of the leaders in eating disorder research, and with funding from a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Josephine, Boris and Sistahl are catapulted from the depths of despair and bafflement to the heights of joy and hope and back again as they struggle to tell the story of Josephine’s anorexia and recovery. Mess is wickedly funny and deeply moving, providing a window into an internal world of addiction and control, which is finally rejected for the messy, chaotic and rich world outside.

Following its award-winning debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and subsequent tour and London run in spring 2013, Mess is touring to schools, colleges, theatres and arts centres with workshops and discussions. Caroline Horton says, “I decided to make Mess when I spoke about my experience of anorexia and recovery at my old school. I realized people wanted to talk these issues but didn’t feel they could. Taking Mess into schools can help open up those conversations.”

Caroline is joined by Australian actor Emily Goddard (Victorian Green Room Award nominee and Melbourne Fringe Best Cabaret nominee). Musician Seiriol Davies previously collaborated with Punchdrunk, writing songs for and performing in The Black Diamond (2011).  His original score and songs are performed live.

The production won the 2012 Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards and has been a critical success ‘Comes perilously close to genius and announces Horton as a major major talent’  said Time Out while The Times noted ‘Caroline Horton’s play about anorexia, confronts this ‘uncomfortable’ illness to breathtaking effect… an exuberant, engaging and above all, honest portrayal of anorexia and recovery’.

The Mess National Tour begins on October 1st running to the 5th of December 2013. Venue listings can be found here.

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