Life by the Throat is the story of one man’s life from birth to death, written and performed by a woman.
James Joseph Patrick Keogh is a force to be reckoned with. Born into poverty and madness, he survives on wit, laughter and ingenious schemes.
A witty, touching and remarkable 5-star-reviewed show, Life by the Throat takes you on a rollercoaster ride from the womb to the tomb. Down dark alleyways in Manchester, through dazzling nightclubs in Amsterdam and into a jeweller’s shop in Germany. That nice watch you’re wearing? You might want to keep an eye on it.
Inspired by interviews with men who’ve been through the criminal justice system, Life by the Throat is a celebration of the men Eve Steele – who played Anne Malone in Coronation Street for three years before meeting a grisly end in the Freshco freezer in 1998 – has known, loved and wanted to punch in the face. It’s a show about joy, pain, terror, hope, the meaning of life, and love.
★★★★ “An intense, dynamically performed production, well worth seeing… My guess is that Most Wanted Theatre Company’s Life By the Throat may yet pitch up at a venue near you. If it does, check it out.” – The Observer
“A striking central performance from Steele was the definitive highlight of the event… A fairly intense experience… An acting masterclass… An educational and emotive play.” – Reviewer Number 9
“An astonishing performance… Eve Steele’s mesmerising performance demands you dare not take your eyes off the stage.” – Canal Street
★★★★★ “Gripping… Eve Steele is phenomenal… A moving exploration of how our circumstances shape us.” – Three Weeks
★★★★★ “I never expect anything from a show except the unexpected and this one took me totally unawares… [Eve] Steele is a one-woman tour de force.” – LondonTheatre1
★★★★★ “A must-see… There is never a moment that does not feel out of place… Engrossing.” – Broadway Baby
★★★★ “Honest and deeply affecting.” – The Scotsman
“At the end of 90 minutes of raw, hard-hitting emotion in which Eve Steele took the audience on a funny, at times uncomfortable journey, I couldn’t speak… Incredible.” – Coronation Street blog
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