“I’m the kid of an alcoholic. It’s coloured the way I see the world. It’s impacted every part of me. But it’s made me, me.”
It’s been two years since Max's mum, Pip, got sober after nearly dying from alcoholism. She was given days to live. She lived.
This is the story of her Recovery in an absurd small town in the depths of the English countryside - a place where recovering addicts gravitate to attend one of the three recovery centres it’s home to.
We follow Pip from the day she leaves hospital as she attempts to stay sober through following infuriatingly complicated recycling instructions from her neighbour Graham, to reconciliations and rebuilding of relationships. Through storytelling, the characters of Pip, her neighbours (a melee of bizarre country types, each dysfunctional in their own way), her friends, family and new AA fellowship chums are brought to life.
Punctuated with stories from the ‘dark days’ throughout, Recovery Town is a one-woman raucous dark scrapbook of comedic storytelling, clowning, musical comedy, illustration and standup comedy exploring the impact of alcoholism on the addict through the eyes of their daughter.
Written and performed by Ella Prendergast, who has a parent in recovery, Recovery Town is based on a true story and real accounts from recovering addicts.Book Now
Ella Prendergast is a comedian, writer, performer and COA (Child of an Addict). Recovery Town will be Ella’s first play and Vault Festival 2020 will be her debut. Previous appearances include Red Palace (The Vaults, 2019) and Secret Cinema. “Ella is the icing on any comedy cake. A beautiful, funny and disarmingly charming songwriter/comedian with just the right touch of total goofiness.” - Lach (BBC Radio 4 Comedy star)Book Now
Praise for previous character work
LondonTheatre1 “Particularly charming [was] Ella Prendergast ... Their audience interaction skills were top-notch as A+ hosts, emcees and storytellers.”
Theatrebox ****½ "I would like to make particular mention of...Ella Prendergast as a character I shan’t name, who somehow had the act of awkward bumbling middle-aged male inventor down pat, despite being a very attractive young woman. In a cameo appearance in another character’s episode, she also went on to win hearts as a desperately hopeless Hugh Grant-esque would-be lover."
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