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    Hysterical

    Fri 28 July at 7.15pm
    Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)
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    Internationally acclaimed poets Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall deliver a powerhouse performance that confronts the narrative that women are too emotional and celebrates the hysteria in all of us.



    Content Notice
    Running Time 70 minutes
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeContains swearing and discussion of rape culture and violence against women. No age guidance.

    Women are frequently told they are too emotional - too hysterical - to be taken seriously, to be leaders of countries and companies, to be believed when pointing to their own hurt. Hysterical challenges these myths with poetry that confronts body politics, systemic sexism, and weeping uncontrollably in the supermarket.

    Witness the UK premiere of Hysterical ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe season, as internationally acclaimed poets Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall reunite after the success of their previous show How We Survive. 
    Rudzinski is an award-winning poet, published author, and teaching artist and Hall is a celebrated poet and performer with a Masters in Gender Studies. 

    Hysterical intertwines social issues and personal stories to create a performance that is both confronting and accessible, powerful and needed. By weaving their voices together in duet, Rudzinski and Hall deliver a powerhouse performance encouraging the audience to laugh, cry, and experience emotion together. 

    Fierce, feminist, and fulfilling, Hysterical celebrates the multitudes of women and will leave you feeling empowered and alive. Come celebrate the hysteria in all of us.

    ""It’s a deeply raw, vulnerable show. In places the poets are near tears, fury and hurt near the surface. But Hall and Rudzinski are also very funny (because, newsflash, women are hilarious).""
    Flat City Field Notes [on this show]
    "“Rudzinski and Hall revel in the messy and chaotic, the ugly and exhausted. They manage to transform rage into comedy that sings with sass. Hysterical is an intimate and emotive piece that inspires a poetic outlook in us""
    Erin O'Flaherty [this show]

    "Hats off to the CPT for this fine show, well researched and coming from a place of great passion... Comm­unity theatre at its most effective."

    Camden New Journal (Human Jam)