Sprint: Mary Whitehouse looks down from wherever

Dates and Times

22 March 2015 to 22 March 2014 at 7pm

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Part of Sprint 2015

  • Spend the evening at CPT and take advantage of our double bill ticket offer – see two shows for just £18! Catch O No! at 8:30pm alongside Mary Whitehouse looks down from wherever.


Presented by Phil Ormrod

Trapped in a disappointingly unspecific afterlife, National Viewers & Listeners Association campaigner Mary Whitehouse tries to maintain her standards and sense of proportion.  It's difficult: the room isn't what she hoped for, filth is leaking in through the television, and even God seems to lack the courtesy to return her correspondence.  Looking out at the world of the living, she can't help but ask herself whether all that fuss was worth it. 

Phil conducts an extended experiment in empathy, imagining what it must be like to battle the many-headed forces of progress armed only with a modest twinset, a stylish pair of horn-rims, and convictions growing less and less unshakeable by the moment.

Mary Whitehouse Looks Down from Wherever is a solo performance about self-righteousness, censorship and doubt.  It asks how we decide what to tolerate, what it means to be an idealist, and whether anything is sacred.  Is there a difference between censorship that's repressive, and censorship that protects?  What's it like to stand against progress, and face all that ridicule?  And what DID Mary find funny?

Please note: this performance contains nudity.

About the artist

Phil is a writer, director, performer and maker.  He is co-director of Switchback (www.switchbackproductions.org).  Solo work includes Lies About My Father (ARC Stockton/Leeds Met Studio), Between the Woods and the Water (GIFT Festival) andAn Hour Before the End of the World  (They Eat Culture/Northern Elements).

@philormrod | www.switchbackproductions.org

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