Pleasance dome is a greenhouse haven from the showers this August in Edinburgh and tucked away in the Jack Dome, is Liz Richardson and Tara Robinson’s production of Gutted. A real life account of Liz’s bowel condition, this is a brace and brazen account of what goes on behind closed bathroom doors. 

Liz Richardson is a twenty-something, living with a chronic bowel condition called ulcerative colitis, and as we were are introduced to several relations, as well as nurses and doctors, the extent of her condition becomes apparent to the audience. As audience members are invited on to stage to play the parts of parents and others, bribed with cupcakes and beer, Liz gives a bold and shamless insight in to appointment after appointment and the reactions from complete stranger, to delve into how we deal with invisible illnesses. 

Well created and brilliantly told, as Liz switches from character to character, and eats yoghurt after yoghurt, she gives an upfront and engaging account into the condition and her experience dealing with embarrassing symptoms, as well as a grateful nod to the NHS.  Not your standard show content by a long stretch, but a relevant and truthful account, scented by tomato ketchup, of an invisible illness which is so rarely spoken of.

Gutted | Pleasance Dome 


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