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    Shelley

    Fri 10 - Sat 11 May at 9pm
    Tickets £8 - £12 (+ booking fee)
    Filmic theatre centred on Shelley Duvall, The Shining, and gore. Duvall’s “inconvenient” emotionality sets me veering between burlesque routines, buckets o’ blood, & the terror/joy of becoming the blob.



    Content Notice
    Running Time 60 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content Notice16+
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeSmoke/fog/haze, Flashing Lights, Loud Noises, Food/Drinks consumed by performers, Visual effects (Glitter curtains etc)

    Get 25% off when you book more than one show across our Spring Season (April - June 2024).

    When directing The Shining, Stanley Kubrick reportedly made Shelley Duvall film one scene 127 times. It took 3 weeks. By the end of it, her hands were scraped raw & her voice was hoarse. In the scene as captured on film, she’s a puddle of snot, a total wreck – as Stephen King said at the time, a “screaming dishrag". 

    Should we be watching her? Is this acting or just a woman being genuinely tortured? 

    This notorious moment from film history serves as the basis for a multimedia theatre experience filled with blood, guts, girls, and glitter. Blood-drenched Carrie Whites and tap dancing Jack Nicholsons will recontextualise the horror genre: films predicated upon violence toward women, but also reliant on female actors’ abilities to express oversized, operatic emotions. Is this a fundamentally misogynist form or can we find some joy amid the muck of blood and gore?

    "Queens of Kitsch, @GashTheatre create a pop culture-infused sci-fi epic with cabaret flair. With trademark irreverence, the duo dissect our society’s alienating body & sex standards via a multimodal, luridly sensual, delectably vulgar adventure."
    Fringe Biscuit [on previous work]
    "I can’t recommend this delightfully weird and unique production enough"
    Broadway Baby [on previous work]
    "To attempt to explain or describe Maddie Flint and Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn’s multi-media ode to sci-fi and sexuality feels almost wrong. No piece of writing could convey the irreverent, referential, meme-laced madness that unfolds along this space voyage. "
    The Wee Review [on previous work]
    "An amusing and provocative show."
    The Scotsman [on previous work]
    "Weird, wonderful, totally not linear but gloriously perceptive and thoughtful."
    London Pub Theatres [on previous work]
    "A kitschy, thought-provoking meditation on masculinity."
    Fringe Biscuit [on previous work]
    "The ambition and fearlessness displayed makes this compelling, entertaining, and a sign that Gash Theatre has the talent to deliver even more in the near future."
    Everything Theatre [on previous work]

    Tickets for Shelley

    Fri 10 May, 21:00
    Sat 11 May, 21:00

    “It means so much to be working at CPT, it’s such a good opportunity to work in a professional environment at my age. I didn’t think that was ever going to happen and it means the world to me. It’s really going to help prepare me for my future and where I want to go”

    CYT participant and Camden student