Before (the line is lost)

Dates and Times

Tue 6 March at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc.)

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Part of Sprint 2018, CPT’s annual festival of adventurous new performance. The festival runs from Mon 5 – Sat 24 March. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets to your basket and we’ll do the rest.

Presented by Holly Gallagher

You are 11 years old. 

Your brother’s older friend takes you to a convention. A comic convention. 

11-year-old you thinks it may just be your new favourite thing. 

Before (the line is lost) is a one-woman show about Cosplay and growing up on the internet. It addresses the world of comic conventions and consent both in reality and online through storytelling, autobiographical experience, and verbatim materials gathered through interviews with people of varying ages, races, and genders from the UK, USA, and Canada. 

Supported by Northern Stage, and ARC Stockton. With special thanks to Kate Craddock, Northumbria University, Kev Tweedy, Ste Allen, Jordan Carling, Stephen Mack, Thomas Potts, Kira Street, Lucy Pagliaro, Grace Coles, Simon Henderson, Kelly-Jane, Priscilla, Marley, Rebecca, Cavan, Dana, Margaret, Carol, and everyone Ive cosplayed with over the last decade. 

16+ please note: this performance contains strong language and themes. 

Audience quotes

“This is a world I had no previous interest or experience in, but, during this performance Holly made me listen, she made me think and most of all she made me care.”

“Brilliant! A really engaging powerful way to tell this story. Really engaged with protagonist so felt punched by ending. So good!”

“Raging for Holly. Furious at sexism all over again. Hate self-censorship. Panicked for my 10 year old who loves Marvel. No, not panicked. Worried about how I explain all this shit to her. Hate being a woman on the internet!”


About the company

Holly Gallagher is a theatre-maker, director, and facilitator from Teesside. Holly is interested in new work that speaks about the world we live in today and stimulates an audiences imagination. She is an Associate Artist at ARC Stockton and recipient of the Third Angel Mentorship Scheme 2017. Holly has showcased and performed in work at Northern Stage, Live Theatre, ARC Stockton, Alphabetti Theatre, GIFT Festival, and Moor Theatre Delicatessen. Before (the line is lost) is Hollys first solo show. She is currently developing her next, Tensile Strength or How to Survive at Your Wits End. 

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Image Credit: (c) Arran Cross and Fern Merrills

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