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SHE WINS ALL THE RACES
TRAGICOMEDY WITH BISCUITS

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

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!

  • Performed by Shelley O'Brien

  • Lead Devisor  Pete Baynes

  • Devised by the ensemble and Script by David Napthine

  • Directed by Nina Hajiyianni

  • Designed by Donald Marshall

  • Original Music by Patrick Dineen

  • Mentors: Paul Harman, Geof Keys

  • Science Advisors: Dr Steven Lavall & Dr Mojgan Reza,

      Centre For Life, Newcastle 

For ages 13+ and adults / Running time approx 1 hr 15 mins

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

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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)

  • WASHINGTON ARTS CENTRE 

  • WOODHOUSE CLOSE COMMUNITY CHURCH 

  • KING JAMES ACADEMY BISHOP AUCKLAND

  • BLACKHILL COMRADES CLUB COMMUNITY VENUE

  • WOODHOUSE CLOSE CHURCH COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • LINDEN HALL (NORTH TYNESIDE NHS TRUST CONFERENCE)

  • CONSETT ACADEMY

  • DERWENTSIDE COLLEGE

  • DARLINGTON SECONDARY SCHOOLS/ACADEMIES/COLLEGS (POLAM HALL, HURWORTH, QUEEN ELIZABETH, CARMEL, WYVERN, LONGFIELD, EDUCATION VILLAGE)

  • DARLINGTON COLLEGE

  • BINCHESTER VILLAGE HALL

  • EAST DURHAM CREATES CAFE

  • East Durham Creates cafe

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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. 

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."

PETER LATHAN
(BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE)

Surprisingly, given the subject matter, it’s a gentle piece. Suffused with sadness, of course, but we also feel the happiness of the family’s life together and the consolations of religion.  

AUDIENCE MEMBER
 

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

AUDIENCE MEMBER

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

AUDIENCE MEMBER

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

MORE AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

AUDIENCE MEMBER

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

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