PICK OF THE PLEASANCE 2019 AWARD WINNER
Supported at Vaults by The Pleasance
A 'breathtakingly sad and intensely funny' true-story of Rosa Hesmondhalgh's ovarian cancer treatment aged 23. The 5 star sell-out hit of Edinburgh Fringe is returning to London. Madame Ovary is a life-affirming show about the importance of love when your world comes crashing down.
It's January and Rosa is writing her resolutions. This is her year. She is going to stop going out with plonkers, start doing yoga and write some really good art. But before she's had time to delete her dating apps and get into downward dog, she's diagnosed. With ovarian cancer. And it's spread. Suddenly faced with hospitals, chemotherapy and her own mortality, Rosa's new goal for the year ahead is to survive it. Based on Rosa’s real-life blog, Madame Ovary explores the typical struggle a 20-something has with trying to stay relevant and the less typical struggle of trying to stay alive.
"Breathtakingly sad and intensely funny” Broadway Baby
'Devastating and beautiful and true' Caitlin Moran
★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks, Edinburgh Reporter, Young Perspective, Within Her Words, Sincerely Amy, ITalkTelly)
★★★★ (Broadway Baby, Miro Magazine, The Upcoming)
WildChild Productions is a new company of theatre and film-makers dedicated to telling compelling, meaningful & imaginative stories to all generations.
We are a company of creatives with numerous artistic outputs. Our fascination with human experiences and our captivation with storytelling encourages us to find new ways of presenting engaging and innovative works to capture an audience's imagination.
Whether it’s a piece of children's' theatre, or maybe it is gig theatre or a short film, the only thing we're committed to is creating a world that entertains, educates and challenges our audience, whoever they are.
Previous work by WildChild includes: Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom and Anomaly by Liv Warden.
Rosa grew up in West Yorkshire and moved to London at 19 to study acting at LAMDA. She began her professional acting career appearing as Belle in Hull Truck’s version of A Christmas Carol. Weeks after finishing, she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. She began writing a blog to update her friends and family on her treatment, which turned into a detailed telling of her story that garnered a large amount of attention on social media. Madame Ovary the one woman show will be her first full length piece of writing. Currently Rosa is working with Lidless Theatre to develop a piece about NHS workers for the Pleasance LABS. She also writes regularly for Take Back, the award winning Manchester theatre company.Book Now
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