DOI: 10.5040/9781408173541.00000003
Roles: Male (2) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Josephine is putting on a play – Boris and Sistahl help. The play is about anorexia but we are exhorted not to let put us off – they are used to the big issues, and today they will tackle a particularly thin elephant in the room.

In her note on the play, Caroline Horton write: 'I started to think about making a piece about my experience of anorexia and recovery in 2005. I was at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris and Gaulier pointed out to the class that our own stories were worth telling. Later that week, when I began to tell part of the story, he showed me that I would need to find a light form – in order to carry the heaviness of the subject.'

Described by Scotland on Sunday as a 'touching insight into the cruel grip of an eating disorder and a sense of the near impossibility of curing it in anything but the most patient and painstaking way', Mess, a play with songs, opened at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 3 August 2012.

From Mess and You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Caroline Horton

ISBN: 9781408173510

Series: Modern Plays

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