This Egg, made in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe presents


Co-created by Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson, Nobahar Mahdavi & Olivia Norris

This Egg return to Manchester following last June’s Me and My Bee with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival award-winning dressed.

A costume maker, a theatre maker, a singer and a dancer. All friends since school, telling a true story.

After being stripped at gun-point, Lydia set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made.

dressed. is about the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us. It is about making something beautiful out of something dark and traumatic. Combining choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music, it is a celebration of female performance and friendship.

★★★★ “I can’t think of a production more deserving of the word ‘important’ anywhere else in the city at the moment… The hour passes quickly, but the depth of emotions it generates is illimitable.” – Upstage Reviews

dressed. made me smile, it made me cry and it made me feel like part of support network… This is not about women coming together to share their #metoo stories, but about being part of a coping mechanism, a solution, a reminder, a recognition, a revolution, a recovery, a new beginning.” – Harpy

“Despite the brutality of the premise, dressed is a delicate and tender show… It has passion, grace and complexity and an awful lot of love.” – Unrestricted Views

“Beautiful and courageous… dressed. is a piece of theatre that bares its soul to each member of the audience.” – Reviewer Number 9

dressed. is not always easy to watch… Its finale made me cry, and some of the questions asked do not have an easy answer… Utterly compelling, tender and intimate, discomforting and confrontational… And I highly recommend it.” – She-Wolf Manchester

“These four women want to make a performance that is feminist, that is political, but as they point out, it won’t change anything; theatre never changes anything… However, even if only one man in the audience on Tuesday night reflected on his actions, then job done.” – Performance in Motion

dressed. takes the context of theatre and uses it to express the healing potential of care which is not invasive or even always active.” – James Varney

★★★★★ “dressed. is 60 minutes of ethereal brilliance… At the heart of dressed. is the way women are seen, or watched, by men. Clothes, movement and body language are all too often their response to this and these four formidable talents know that, take delight in subverting it and have created a top-notch performance as a result.” – Morning Star

★★★★ “A show that fashions something rich, brocaded and gossamer beautiful out of dark shadows… Watching it, I thought my heart might burst.” – The Independent

★★★★ “Just gorgeous.” – What’s On Stage

★★★★ “As beautiful and visceral as raw silk.” – The Stage

★★★★ “Beautiful, searching, painful… With joy, compassion and a rich flow of energy.” – The Scotsman

“Deep and rich and jagged… I loved dressed.” – Exeunt

“This show is so exquisite.” – Lyn Gardner

★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ Fest
★★★★ The List
★★★★ EdFestMag
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Theatre Weekly
★★★★ The Wee Review

Fringe First Award 2018

New Diorama Theatre & Underbelly’s UNTAPPED Award 2018

Nominated for Emerging Company Total Theatre Award 2018

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  • Recommended age 16+
  • Running time 1 hour (no interval)
  • No latecomers will be admitted
  • This show explores themes of sexual assault which some audience members may find distressing
  • Tickets £12.50 full / £5 – £10.50 conc.
  • Touch Tour provided by Eleanor Walk, Mind’s Eye Description, on Fri 7 Jun, 18:45
  • Audio Described performance provided by Eleanor Walk, Mind’s Eye Description, on Fri 7 Jun, 19:45
  • BSL Interpreted performance provided by Bobs Blackwell, Alexander Communications, on Sat 8 Jun, 19:45
  • Captioning available at all performances through The Difference Engine app, available on mobile phones and tablets