The Washing UP is a devised theatre show featuring songs, stories and performances created with artists and participants in recovery. Its everyday subject matter is a challenge to the idea that recovering addicts always have to tell stories about the most difficult times in their lives. It was created in partnership with Cascade Creative Recovery and premiered at Our Place Brighton Festival in 2018. In 2019 iy went on a national tour to Manchester Liverpool and London. The final sell-out show in Brighton saw an audience of 200 people shower the performers with rubber gloves. The project also had an accompanying workshop programme and Facebook group, and participants’ experiences were integrated into the show. The project also provided employment for seven artists in recovery.
"Theatre should do these things; make us smile, make us think and use simple ideas to provoke profound debate"Simon RudingDirector of TiPP
"one of my highlights of this year's Brighton Festival... a generous ego-free ensemble performance and the best of people's theatre"Colin GrantThe Guardian
"We find for a few moments, the deep experience and emotional burdens of these onstage, and we realise that this folk art is showing us how we connect, share, witness and heal as we create art in the presence of - and for - one another."BN1 Magazine