Go with the Flo to the Edinburgh Fringe

A drama student has written a play about being stuck in a toilet – and now she’s hoping to get backers to take it to the Edinburgh Festival.

Flora London’s horror comedy, The Ladies Loo Chronicles, is a blunt and funny, femalepowered, theatrical experience, set in a sticky club toilet.

Megan is imprisoned in the loo, with no Always Ultras – but a toilet attendant who charges £2.50 per tampon.

Sick, sex and secrets ensue as Megan, Lydia and Winnie tackle 21st Century millennialism and misogyny.

Flora – a student of the Royal Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Wandsworth – aims to help it bring real women to the Fringe with her first full-length comedy, which has a splattering of darkness.

Her play breaks taboos and sheds some light on the semi-mythical place, the ladies’ loo.

She knows all about the perils of being prepared for an unexpected accident – she became a World Champion Dancer in 2014 at the age of just 15.

The all-female cast is directed by Evangeline Osbon, of Mind Out, winner of the Sir Alec Guinness Award 2017, who wants to make “theatre for change”.

Co-producing companies Mind Out Theatre and Cow & Kisses Theatre Company challenge stereotypes and honour the underdog. Mind Out previously took 4* show, ‘Think’ to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, sold-out Theatre 503 in a preview performance and was selected by Tristan Bates as part of the John Thaw Initiative Mental Health Season.

The preview at Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, in Wandsworth was a feisty and taboo-busting romp with an inspired set, clipped comic performances and some fine fancy dancing. Highly recommended ****

The Edinburgh show is at Fife Theatre, theSpace on North Bridge, August 3-11; and theSpace @ Surgeons Hall August 12-18. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whatson#q=%22The%20Ladies%20Loo%20Chron icles%22.

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