SHE WINS ALL THE RACES-a tragicomedy with biscuits

Trailer by Matt Jamie www.mattjamie.co.uk

Mad Alice Theatre Company in association with Queen’s Hall Arts & Action Transport Theatre

Present

‘She Wins All the Races’- A tragicomedy with Biscuits

Set in the 1970’s this brand new show is about an intelligent, happy little girl Belinda, who loves life, her two brothers and stealing The Priest’s biscuits with her best friend Angela. But her brothers are not walking properly and when she opens ‘the drawer she must never open’ her world is cataclysmically blown apart…..

‘She Wins All TheRaces’ is a dynamic, fun, heartening one-woman show about a little girl growing up with the certainty of loss. It is a celebration of the courage and resilience of the human spirit, with quirky, physical storytelling and a little bit of Abba!

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For ages 13+ and adults

Running time approx 1 hr 15 mins

Post show discussion with Q&A 

Based on the actress’s real life story of growing up with her two brothers who were born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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Performed by Shelley O'Brien

Lead Devisor  Pete Baynes

Script by David Napthine

Directed by Nina Hajiyianni

Designed by Donald Marshall

Original Music by Patrick Dineen

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FORTHCOMING PERFORMANCES:

Washington Arts Centre
Biddick Lane
Fatfield
Washington
NE38 8AB
  • Date: Thurs 19th Oct 2017
  • Ticket Price: £8.50 / £6 concs
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Box Office: 0191 561 3455

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Audience comments:

Fantastic performance! ! Humour and emotion alike...must see production!!

I can honestly say it was one of the best plays I have seen!

A beautifully crafted, emotional rollercoaster. I cried so much I forgot to eat me Tunnocks tea cake

From the heart Shell, as was every word you spoke and every action you took last night. Inspirational! 

Bravo! That was such an excellent, funny, brave show.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, extremely moving but so thoughtfully and cleverly done.  

Hexham Courant:

"Clearly an accomplished actress with lashings of charisma to boot with a powerful tale to tell. A play with a heart that beats strongly and within it one of the saddest, most touching scenes I have ever seen on stage."

www.musculardystrophyuk.org/blog/all-posts-by-she-wins-all-the-races-a-tragicomedy-with-biscuits/ (Click for review)

www.dropbox.com/s/79fj9rhbndd00a8/JILL%20COLE%20ACE%20RELATIONSHIP%20%20REVIEW%20She%20Wins%20All%20The%20Races%20review.pdf (click for review)

www.dropbox.com/s/m9jzndi8nwitsin/audience%20feedback%20comments%201%20one%20woman%20show.pdf (click for a selection of audience comments)

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Mentors: Paul Harman, Geof Keys

Science Advisors: Dr Steven Lavall & Dr Mojgan Reza, Centre For Life, Newcastle

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"Thank you so much for coming to perform your play for us. It was just wonderful, moving and thought provoking. Our students loved it and have been talking about it all day!.” (Alison Burrows, Head Teacher Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton)

‘Students thoroughly enjoyed the journey of emotion and the rawness within the story.” (Grace Porter, Marketing Officer Woodham Academy, Newton Aycliffe) 

www.dropbox.com/s/bvik6n6xvprsg39/SWATR%20St%20John%27s%20R%20C%20Sec%20Sch%20evals.pdf (click for a selection of student and teacher comments)

www.dropbox.com/s/tn2fjsc8keywmh8/SWATR%20evals%209%20schools.tif (click for more comments from students)

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Associated drama workshops are available for group/schools bookings. Please enquire.

Cross curriculumn links: Drama/English/Science/Religion/Ethics/Philosophy/Psychology/Performing Arts/Media Studies/Music/Health & Social Care/Medicine.

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The show opened at  QUEEN'S HALL ARTS CENTRE, HEXHAM, NORTHUMBERLAND. NE46 3LS 5th & 6th May 2016 and toured throughout 2016 to the following venues:

WHITBY HALL, ACTION TRANSPORT THEATRE, ELLESMERE PORT, CHESHIRE. CH65 9AE

WITHAM HALL, 3 HORSEMARKET, BARNARD CASTLE, CO.DURHAM DL12 8LY

GREENFIELD ARTS CENTRE, NEWTON AYCLIFFE, CO.DURHAM

ST. JOHN'S R C SECONDARY SCHOOL, BISHOP AUCKLAND, CO.DURHAM

THE LODGE, BLACKHILL & CONSETT HERITAGE PARK, CO.DURHAM

WOLSINGHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL, CO.DURHAM 

KING EDWARD VTH SECONDARY SCHOOL, MORPETH, NORTHUMBERLAND

WOODHAM SECONDARY SCHOOL, NEWTON AYCLIFFE, CO.DURHAM

ST BEDE'S R C SECONDARY SCHOOL, LANCHESTER, CO.DURHAM

THORNLEIGH SLAESIAN COLLEGE, BOLTON, CHESHIRE

GALA THEATRE, DURHAM

HARTLEPOOL TOWN HALL THEATRE

PHOENIX STUDIO THEATRE BLYTH

NETHERBOW THEATRE, SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE, EDINBURGH

ELECTRIC PICTURE HOUSE, CHESHIRE (CHESHIRE RURAL ARTS)

WHITBY HALL, ELLESMERE PORT (CHESHIRE RURAL ARTS)

WETHERAL VILLAGE COMMUNITY HALL (HIGHLIGHTS RURAL TOURING)

AMBLE PARISH HALL (HIGHLIGHTS RURAL TOUIRNG)

This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Muscular Dystrophy UK through their Joseph Patrick Trust, PTC Therapeutics, Isos Housing, Unity Theatre Trust, Hadrian Trust, Split Infinitive Trust, Coalition Duchenne and John Owen’s Adventures.

Commissioned by Queen's Hall Arts, Hexham. 

Supported by Leisureworks, Durham County Council Arts Development Team and The Centre For Life Newcastle Upon Tyne. 

 

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