Liz Richardson has an embarrassing problem and these yogurts aren’t helping! In Gutted, returning to HOME Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 July before an 11-day run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, Liz shares her real life experiences of living as a twenty-something with ulcerative colitis.
A shameless tale of love, laughter and lavatories, Gutted, co-produced by The Conker Group and HOME, and directed by co-creator Tara Robinson, is a pastiche of the many people Liz has met on her journey, from hospital staff to complete strangers, patients to friends.
With a contemporary aesthetic, visceral moments and a love story bubbling underneath, Gutted, first seen at HOME in May 2016, is an engaging investigation into how we think about illness and the boundaries that cause us to feel shame, how we treat each other and form relationships, the nature of hidden disabilities, and femininity in the face of an embarrassing physical condition – all sitting on a subtle celebration of our healthcare system.
Liz underwent surgery to have her colon removed when she was 28 and lived for a period with an ileostomy bag (or stoma bag) before having a ‘reversal’ which involves the creation of an internal pouch, and Gutted is a frank, funny and compelling autobiographical exploration of living with ulcerative colitis.
“Enough sh*t,” says Liz. “Let’s talk frankly: I’m a woman who doesn’t poo flowers out her bum. I’m exposing myself in hopes that more people will do the same. The things that go on behind closed doors. In an age of Instagram filters, this show attempts to give audiences the courage to find joy in the unedited journey of life, with its ups and downs and the relationships that guide you on it.”
Wed 19 July 2017 19:45
Thu 20 July 2017 19:45
Fri 21 July 2017 19:45
Sat 22 July 2017 19:45
£12.50 (£10.50 concessions).