Little Boxes, by comedy actor Joann Condon – who has been in everything from Little Britain and Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes to The Office and Harry Hill's Shark Infested Custard - is her autobiographical one-woman show.
Directed by Manchester-based Daniel Brennan, it opens a new UK tour at Oldham Coliseum Studio (July 2) then Buxton Fringe Festival (Underground at The Old Club Festival, July 11-14), with September dates to be announced.
The show played to full houses at The VAULT Festival in London and at 53Two in Manchester last year, picking up four and five-star reviews. It follows Joann as she explores the "boxes" she has found herself in throughout her life: the dreams of a child, the frustrations of an acting career, the tensions of being a parent, the grief in losing loved ones and so on. She uses personal anecdotes to highlight assumptions and judgments made about her, based on looks, age, gender and background.
“It's natural for people in our lives to want to force us into nice little boxes,” Joan says, “but the scary thing is, we often end up putting ourselves in that same box."
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