Following the story of an Essex girl who want to be a makeup artist, Michelle Payne’s new dark comedy Sad About The Cows, returns for a one-week run at Tristan Bates Theatre this month, having impressed audiences as part of the John Thaw Initiative Working Class Season earlier this year. Book your tickets now.
Written by Michelle Payne, the play runs at the central London venue from 21-25 May 2019.
Rachel is obsessed with consuming, calorie-counting and her career. Join her as she navigates her way through modern life, discovering her authentic identity and how to squeeze into jeans with a 24 inch waist, on her way to becoming a mature, grown-up woman.
Playwright Payne, who also performs in the production, wrote the piece based on her own experiences, in an attempt to address the stigma and secrecy attached to eating disorder illnesses. She is directed by Natasha Kathi-Chandra.
According to Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder. While anyone of any age can develop an eating disorder, around 75% of that 1.25 million are female.
When Sad About The Cows was staged earlier this year, it was described as “First class” by Flat Cap Theatre, while Upper Circle said it had a “Positive and powerful message that encourages all young women to stop self-criticism and learn to love themselves… Clever and thought-provoking.” It is one of only two plays to be plucked from the John Thaw Initiative Working Class season to run as part of the Tristan Bates Theatre’s full programme.
Sad About The Cows is part of an eclectic season of shows at Tristan Bates Theatre this spring/summer. It is followed, in June, by sci-fi drama To Drone In The Rain, comedy about narcissism Me! Me! Me! and exploration of suicide Offstage.
Sad About The Cows runs at Tristan Bates Theatre 1A Tower St, Covent Garden WC2H 9NP from 21-25 May with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 6.15pm, matinee Saturday at 1pm. Tickets are priced £12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Michelle Payne
Michelle Payne is a playwright, performer and director whose work has been produced at The Bunker, Theatre N16, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, White Bear Theatre and more. Her previous plays include Full Circle, The Staff Room and Orchid. She is also the founder of Caspa Arts, an acting school for young creative who can’t afford to go to drama school. Caspa Arts offers a number of schemes to help those less represented within the industry, including female and BAME creative and those from a lower income background.
As a director, Payne’s productions include Twistmas, Walk of Shame, The German Girls and Hearts and Minds, while as a performer she played Alice in Les Enfants Terribles’ Adventures in Wonderland and Anastasia in Drinks.