In six days time it will officially be one month since I performed my last show in Edinburgh and rented a well fancy Air BnB to celebrate. I think it’s fair to say that I now need to stop calling my lie-ins and work avoidance ‘recovery’ and admit that I’m being lazy.
All in all, I’m over the moon with how All The Things I Lied About was received. I’ve put a round up of reviews at the end of this – spending hours sticking stars on flyers is dull but a happy-making thing to do when the stars are like this. Thank you to everyone who came to watch. The most wonderful thing about the month was the exchanges with audience members after the show. It’s been amazing to hear other people’s stories and how they connected to this piece.
Over the month, I collected money for Women’s Aid - a charity that I chose to support because of the incredible work they did to bring about the law change regarding domestic abuse last year. The use of coercive and controlling behaviour in an intimate relationship is now punishable by up to five years imprisonment. We still have a long way to go to enforce this law change – to learn the best ways to gather and expose evidence – but it’s the first big step in protecting and saving these victims.
I am overwhelmed by the amount the audiences donated overall – a staggering £1748.57! They will be using the money wherever it is needed most urgently, but some examples of their work include:
· The Survivor’s Forum – a safe non-judgmental and understanding arena where women can anonymously discuss their experiences of domestic abuse and gain support from trained moderators and a network of other survivors.
· Their national training centre – providing expert training for professionals, including the police, working to support women and children affected by domestic abuse.
· Their education and awareness programmes – including ‘Safer Futures’ where advocates go into schools to help teachers deliver lessons on domestic abuse and healthy relationships.
· Campaigning to ensure the sustainability of local services and refuges across England – including, most recently, their tireless and ultimately successful campaign to keep refuges exempt from housing benefit changes that would have seen two thirds of them close down.
I am truly inspired by their work and so happy to be able to give them this support so THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY, it will save women and children’s lives.
The plan now is to take the show on tour and give it a run in London – I will let you know as soon as we have all that confirmed!
In the mean time, here are the spoils of my month in the rain and beer soaked city of dreams……
‘Riveting, funny and honest….a beautifully structured piece of writing’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard
‘Unparalleled’ ★★★★★ The Upcoming
‘revelatory and ultimately life-affirming’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter
★★★★★ TV Bomb
★★★★1/2 Auditorium Magazine
‘Moving, potent and personal’ ★★★★ The Stage
‘Outstanding’ ★★★★ The List
★★★★ The Herald
‘a thoroughly engaging and thought provoking piece of theatre’ ★★★★ Scots Gay
‘By turns poignant and funny, courageous and bracing.’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Reviews Hub
★★★★ Theatre Smart
★★★★ Across The Arts
★★★★ Peg Review
Top Theatre Picks Sunday Times
Pick Of The Fringe The Stage