Caroline Horton

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Plays by Caroline Horton

Mess

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

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.

You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

January 1945. Paris has been liberated. Christiane Renée Anne St Requier, an eccentric and acutely myopic Parisian waits at Gare Du Nord for a ticket to England to be reunited with her fiancé. While she waits, this gloriously irrepressible Mademoiselle recounts the story of her love affair with Cyril, a tongue-tied English teacher from Staffordshire.

From a chance encounter at Cheadle tennis club, Chrissy takes us on to cosmopolitan 1930s Paris before their inevitable separation by war; a separation which she hopes, today, will finally come to an end. A fond, comical and ultimately poignant portrait of one woman's experience of war.

Described by Lyn Gardner of the Guardian as ' Simple and heartfelt . . . feels like a real labour of love' You're Not Like Other Girl's Chrissy is a fond, comical and ultimately poignant portrait of one woman's experience of love and war.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of the author's grandmother Christiane, the play was performed at Christiane's retirement home in October 2010, after its premiere at the Edinburgh fringe in August the same year.

Caroline Horton is a writer and performer, based in Birmingham. The pieces she creates begin with an idiosyncratic, personal story from which something emerges that is universally moving and funny. Always looking to expose a story's messy mixture of comedy, tragedy and whatever lies in between in a playful stage language that is visually and textually rich and immediate, Horton's work is as accessible as it is insightful and has been presented at theatres, village halls and festivals in the UK and abroad. Horton has recently been made an artistic associate at The Bush theatre and is a member of The Optimists network of young theatre-makers in the Midlands.