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Performing Messy Eaters

Updated: Oct 14

Messy Eaters written by Aisling Lally, I Assistant Directed and Performed in this deceptively clever comic take on the frenzy caused by food.

Back in November last year, having been commissioned to put on the show by SLAP (a pay what you can performance event in York Theatre Royal), Aisling asked myself and Jessy Roberts to put on this show with her! Having had acted in a scratch version of the piece last year and toured with Aisling in summer I jumped at the chance to collaborate.

Messy Eaters is a quirky rhyming response to the silly side of food: from Waitrose Turkeys to diet culture. With five interlinking short plays on the menu, Messy Eaters is jam packed with current, juicy chaos


A NEW PLAY BY AISLING LALLY created in collaboration with teastain theatre


Rehearsals kicked off in January, and these five interlinking stories were suddenly laced together with music. With a jazzy twist, we wanted the scenes to be threaded with vibrant food themed song, so that's exactly what we did.


Rehearsals were full of rhyme, song and dance. As a Director Jessy was eager to bring our teastain vibrancy and focus on our physical stage language being exciting and dynamic.

The ensemble is at the heart of every teastain show, and Messy Eaters exemplified that further.

As Assistant Director I focused on supporting Jessy's vision by facilitating group exercises to encourage us to develop that gel needed to bring an ensemble to life onstage.

As a cast we cast threw ourselves into everything: with rhyming text, exuberant characters and ranging accents this show was no small feat. (With the extra addition of dance and song throughout!)


Alongside the rehearsals of this show, I was busy keeping the teastain social media and website up to date with what we were up to. I also co-ordinated rehearsal schedule and working with Aisling to source props and costume. We brought in Henry as Lighting and Sound design, as the show was coming together the tech brought it to life.

Show day

Performed at York Theatre Royal Studio, as part of Taste of Slap events. Check out some brilliant photos by Anna Bunch, capturing this vibrant tasty treat of a show.



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