About eating disorders. But funny. And informative? Mainly funny.
Take a look inside the brain of someone with an eating disorder and get to know Oddball on her own terms, as she tries to behave like a normal person on a date. Easy. It is in a restaurant though. Restaurants have food. And other people. Food and people. She might pull her skin off with pliers. That's normal, right?
Musical Comedy Awards Finalist, Francesca Forristal “uses humour as a feminist weapon” (The Sunday Times) in this disarmingly candid exploration of the messier elements of eating disorders and NHS inpatient care, based on lived experience.
This one woman show show uses sound-design, silliness, and zero respect for the 4th wall. All Oddball has to do is deconstruct every toxic preconception society has about eating disorders - in 60 mins. Piece of cake... Wait.
Directed by Michael Mirto
Sound Design by Jordan Clarke
Original music by Forristal and Clarke
Forristal & Clarke are a young, LGBTQ+ led theatre company dedicated to writing socially relevant, contemporary musicals and plays:
Forristal as writer-performer, and Clarke as Composer. Musical Comedy Awards 2019 Finalist Francesca Forristal "uses humour as a feminist weapon" (The Sunday Times) as a musical comedian, writer-performer, improviser and drag artist. This gal is a Bechdel Theatre #FeministFave 2018, and won the Phoenix's Improv Act of the Year Award 2018. She has appeared on the BBC radio, at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Underbelly Southbank, The Royal Festival Hall, and the Southwark Playhouse. As the writer and creator of Oddball, she has been nominated for an OffWestEnd Award, and her new musical was shortlisted for the Pleasance Theatre's 'Charlie Hartill Reserve Fund' Award.
Micha Mirto is a four time OFFIE nominated director, she directed Room Service which received an Offie commendation, Villian interrupted (Supervillians in counselling) which is a finalist for Best Short Run, Space Age Love Songs and of course Oddball.Book Now
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Nominated for an Offie (Off West End Short Run award), and was listed as one of the Evening Standard and Culture Calling's pick of the fringe.
730 Review, ★★★★★ “The character work is second to none and the writing is so nuanced [...] every nuance is poignantly weighted.”
The Upcoming, ★★★★★ "raw and honest... a must see!"
North West End, ★★★★ "laugh out loud... ballsy and bonkers show"
Dress Circle Reviews, ★★★★ "It is gems like Oddball which make the Camden Fringe so exciting... a comedic force!"
London Pub Theatres, ★★★★ "Clever, Engaging, and full of musical references... a must see!"
Comedy To Watch, ★★★★ "a tour de force from a clearly very talented actress and an even more talented writer... Outstanding performance!"
LGBTQ+ Arts, [no stars] "A jubilant and energetic star... with minimal lighting and a gargantuan soundscape, the comedic, personable script leads to a sucker punch of an ending"
Review of Oddball’s Preview: The Spy in the Stalls, ‘A Brave and charismatic performance’ https://thespyinthestalls.com/2019/07/oddball/
Sue Odell, Casting Agent quote: "Fast-paced, beautifully scripted and performed by the very physical Chesca Forristal (the next Phoebe Waller-Bridge?!)"
Also published in the Voice Mag, A Younger Theatre, and The Phoenix Remix, which I have attached links to here:
‘I have a fitbit in my brain too, and it never needs recharging’ Forristal’s Feature in Voice Mag: https://www.voicemag.uk/blog/5862/i-have-a-fit-bit-in-my-brain-too-and-it-never-needs-recharging
Featured in A Younger Theatre: https://www.ayoungertheatre.com/francesca-forristal-once-you-understand-it-you-can-laugh-about-it/
Interview with the Phoenix Remix: https://thephoenixremix.com/2019/08/08/comedy-at-camden-fringe-interview-oddball/
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