ThisEgg’s award-winning dressed. to tour UK

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“It fashions something rich, brocaded and gossamer beautiful out of dark shadows … watching it, I thought my heart might burst” ★★★★ Lyn Gardner for Independent

dressed. premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim, winning a Scotsman Fringe First as well as a nomination for ThisEgg for Total Theatre Awards’ Emerging Company 2018. The intimate show created by four school friends is to tour the UK, using storytelling, live sewing, music, dance and clowning to turn a traumatic experience into something beautiful and resilient; a show about reclaiming one’s body, female friendship and the integrity of clothes to identity.

After being stripped at gunpoint, Lydia Higginson sought to redress herself by creating her entire wardrobe from scratch. In 2016, Lydia, a seamstress and costume designer, gave herself a year to make all her own clothes, after which she gave away all those she had ever bought. Friends since school, Josie, a theatre maker, Nobahar, a singer, Olivia, a dancer, and Lydia, took this act of reclamation and self-liberation as the basis of their show to celebrate the power clothes have to define, liberate, hide and embellish.

Josie Dale-Jones says, “We started making dressed. in July 2017. In November 2017, the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke out. This changed both everything, and nothing; in the way we made the show, in what we were exploring, and in how we saw ourselves as women in the world. When #MeToo gained momentum though, it did feel like a rally cry, a howl back to keep going; amongst the wider movement for change, there was a need to hold on to personal journeys, for individual voices to be heard”. Lydia Higginson adds, “When you devise theatre, you are trying to create a world that the audience can believe in. For the last decade, the three women I created dressed. with have been rebuilding my world into a place I can believe in. Last year we decided to create dressed. for women whose worlds have been shattered, and for all the friends who have helped rebuild them.”

ThisEgg is Josie Dale-Jones who self-produces shows with a variety of artistic collaborators. ThisEgg makes intimate theatre that connects with audiences, moving them to laugh, cry and imagine; prompting them to ask big questions about the world we live in. ThisEgg devises original work which mixes theatrical styles, celebrating different forms of entertainment. Me & My Bee was the winner of the inaugural Les Enfants Terrribles Stepladder Award 2017, The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award and Brighton Award for Excellence. Goggles won the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artists Award 2016. the egg, Theatre Royal Bath have appointed Josie a Leverhulme Arts Scholar 2019, where she will be working on a new piece The Family Sex Show (Working title). ThisEgg won the inaugural Underbelly and New Diorama Untapped Award for early-mid career theatre companies run by Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre.

Lydia Higginson, her project, ‘Made My Wardrobe’ and the reasons behind it is the catalyst for dressed. Lydia has worked alongside directors, producers, technical crew & performers providing bespoke costumes for theatre, dance, circus and live performance. Her credits include working on wardrobe for Sadler’s Wells, Tobacco Factory Theatres & Bristol Old Vic. When she is not working on commissions, she teaches others how to sew from her studio Threadworks.

Twitter and Instagram: @ThisEgg_ | #dressed | www.thisegg.co.uk

Instagram: @mademywardrobe | www.mademywardrobe.com

Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 16+

 Trigger warning: This show explores themes of rape and sexual assault which some audience members may find distressing.

Company Information

Created and performed by Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson, Nobahar Mahdavi & Olivia Norris
Produced by Josie Dale-Jones                          Dramaturgy by Laurence Cook

Choreographed by Olivia Norris                         Lighting Design by Lucy Adams

Costume Design by Lydia Higginson                Stage Design by Stefanie Mueller

Composition by Nobahar (Imogen) Mahdavi & Alex Paton

Cast

Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson, Nobahar Mahdavi, Olivia Norris

Listings information

 25 – 28 Feb & 1 – 2 Mar            Battersea Arts Centre, London

Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

7.30pm | £15, £12.50 (concs)

www.bac.org.uk | 020 7223 2223

 14 – 16 Mar                                       Tron Theatre, Glasgow

                                                                   63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

                                                                   7.45pm | Thu: £15 (£11 concs) Fri – Sat: £17 (£13                                                                    concs)

                                                                   www.tron.co.uk | 0141 552 4267

 

26 – 30 Mar & 1 – 5 Apr            Shoreditch Town Hall, London
                                                              380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

                                                               8pm | £15

                                                               www.shoreditchtownhall.com | 020 7739 6176

 

11 – 13 April                             Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2ED

7.30pm | £17 (£14/ £12.50/ £5 concs)

www.traverse.co.uk | 0131 228 1404

 

 21 – 23 May                              Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

                                                          Raleigh Rd, Bristol BS3 1TF

                                                          7.30pm | From £12 (limited availability)

                                                          www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com | 0117 902 0344

 

24 – 26 May                              The Garage, Norwich (as part of Norfolk &                                                                   Norwich Festival)

                                                         14 Chapel Field N, Norwich NR2 1NY

                                                         7.30pm | Price TBC

                                                         www.nnfestival.org.uk | 01603 283382

 

4 – 8 June                                HOME, Manchester

                                                        2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

                                                        7.45pm | £12.50 (£5 – £10.50 concs)

                                                        www.homemcr.org | 0161 200 1500

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Sets Record for Highest Grossing Play in Broadway History & New House Record

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has set a new Broadway record for weekly ticket sales for a play, reporting a gross of $2,525,850 for the week ending December 30, 2018. This gross, which is also a new house record for the Lyric Theatre (214 West 43rd Street, New York, NY), passes the high mark set by the two-part play for the week ending November 25, 2018 ($2,338,315).

The most awarded new play in theatre history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 25 major US awards with six Tony Awards including Best Play. It also won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play.

Based on an original new story by J.K. RowlingJack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings, or each part can be seen separately.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses. It officially opened on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere in Australia at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre beginning performances this month on January 18, 2019; on the US West Coast at San Francisco’s Curran in fall of 2019; and, in Germany at Hamburg’s Mehr!-Theater am Großmarkt in spring of 2020.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and the father of three school-age children.

 While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. US Casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA. UK Casting by Julia Horan, CDG.

 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman ProductionsColin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.