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6th December, 2013

King's College London Presents the Award Winning Play 'Mess'

Event Details

6th December, 2013
Doors 5.45pm for a 6pm start. Ends 7.15pm.
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, De Crespigny Park London SE5 8AF Cost: £5.00* – tickets may be purchased via the King’s

Staff, students and the general public are invited to an evening of theatre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Caroline Horton and Company with China Plate presents MESS.

Written and created by Caroline Horton and directed by Alex Swift, MESS was developed with the help of experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry including Dr Helen Sharpe, Dr Peter Musiat and Professor Ulrike Schmidt.

The show starts at 6:00pm and we ask all guests to be seated by 5:45pm. The play runs for 75 minutes without an interval followed by a Q&A session with the cast and eating disorders experts involved in developing the performance.

About the play

Josephine is putting on a play – Boris and Sistahl help. It’s about anorexia. But don’t let that put you off. Unflinchingly they confront big issues (and extremely tiny ones). Today they will tackle a particularly thin elephant in the room. Obsession, addiction and not wanting to get out of bed: a play with songs from 2013 Olivier Award nominated Caroline Horton (You’re Not Like Other Girls Chrissy).

Age restrictions: 13 yrs + (some of the issues tackled in the performance may not be understood by children younger than 13).

A trailer can be downloaded from

Professor Ulrike Schmidt, King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry said:  “Caroline Horton and her team have achieved the impossible: Mess is a highly engaging, incredibly moving, and above all wonderfully funny play about one young woman’s recovery from anorexia. Importantly, the laughter is never at the expense of the person with anorexia.  Mess gives an immensely positive, hopeful message to people with this devastating condition, borne out of real understanding of the loneliness, despair and obsessiveness of the disorder.”

For more information please click here for the King’s College London website or email

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