How does a snake shed its skin

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Dates and Times

1 October 2014 to 1 October 2014 at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10

Book Tickets

Part of Calm Down, Dear : a festival of feminism

  • Spend the evening at CPT and take advantage of our double bill ticket offer – see two shows for just £18! Catch How Does A Snake Shed It's Skin in a double bill with Women's Hour at 7.30pm on Weds 1 Oct.
  • See three shows throughout the festival for just £25.50 with our bargain festival pass.

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Presented by Slip of Steel

Margaret Thatcher is on a diet. Virginia Woolf is in a bucket. And Marilyn Monroe is reading the dictionary. So what is the woman in front of you doing with her head in a filing cabinet? Can we believe what she tells us, and is she really who we think she is?

A show about one woman trying to make a one-woman-show when she is not one woman. A show about definitions, diaries, diagnoses and to-do lists.

"Hislop is flawless in her performance of three giants of womanhood… Funny, sad, but mostly compelling: go with an open mind and prepare for it to be blown." Three Weeks â˜…★★★★

"This sparkly piece reveals darker undercurrents… warm-hearted and intelligent" The Independent  â˜…★★★

"Breathlessly original… [Hislop's] defiant vulnerability bursts out" Exeunt â˜…★★★

"Gloriously anarchic" The Scotsman â˜…★★

Written and performed by Susanna Hislop and directed by Anna Ledwich, Slip of Steel’s second show has been developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio, Yard Theatre, BAC and Arts Council England. 

About the artist

Susanna Hislop is Artistic Director of Slip of Steel, a collaboration of artists that strives to make work as playful, honest, irreverent and serious as it sees the world to be. Slip of Steel’s first show Of Women and Horses I Have Known performed at SPRINT; Underbelly, Edinburgh; and Camden People’s Theatre and was described as “masterful” (The Observer), “a perfect blend of comedy and theatre (The List), “deeply poignant” and “a rollicking good time” (Edinburgh Festival Magazine).

Anna Ledwich has directed work at Gate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Hampstead Studio, Chichester Festival Theatre, BAC.

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