The last piece of theatre I saw at this years Norfolk and Norwich Festival was the best thing I have ever seen at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
This Egg are a company of friends that have been making theatre since 2010, going up to Edinburgh, touring and constantly creating new and fun sounding projects.
I had heard of them when they toured Me & My Bee at the Sheringham Little Theatre. I had missed them then but was determined to catch them next time they were in Norfolk.
Dressed. caught my attention in the programme before I even realised it was by This Egg.
“Told with a tender intimacy, dressed. is a true story told by four women who have been friends since school. After being stripped at gun point, Lydia set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made. Multi-award winning ThisEgg combine choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us.”
I do not want to tell you much about the true story in this production. It deserves to be told by the amazing women in this show in the way they have devised.
Each personality shines on the stage, in the brief glimpses you get of their history you feel that you really get to know them, and the heart wrenching cycle of emotions they go through. Dressed. is only an hour long but if felt so much longer.
Dressed. is at its heart the story of Lydia (who you can get to know at Made My Wardrobe)
It’s the story of four childhood friends.
It is a show that features cabaret, dance, live sewing and comedy.
It is performed in a simple space, an intimate space where the costumes ( a character in themselves) stand out bright against the black backdrop.
Dressed. contains themes of rape and sexual assault, but also strong themes of friendship and healing.
Out of all the shows I have been lucky enough to write about this festival (and all previous festivals) Dressed. has been the hardest. I wanted to give the show 5 well deserved stars, and persuade you to go, without giving too much away about it. And then I felt awkward about giving the show 5 stars as the subject matter is so tough.
If you see this production touring anywhere near you in the future, just go. It ends its 2019 tour in Manchester in June, but I am sure it will go on tour again.
Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions, but also laughter and joy!
Ticket gifted for reviewing purposes, but production choice, thoughts and opinions are my own.