Little Boxes
  • By Elaine C
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  • 3rd Feb 2020
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  • ★★★★

Actor Joann Condon from BBC'S Little Britain fame is fed up with being put into a box. Ever since she was a child she has tried cramming herself into the boxes that other people have said or thought she belongs in. What is quickly discovered through her performance is that she has continued this habit into adulthood.

The concept behind this production makes you look at people and your own life and question

AlphaMums is a new female-led theatre company set up by Joann Condon and Leonie Rachel as they lift the lid on what it actually feels like to be a woman in her late 40's to early 50's who is definitely not ready to be boxed up.

Condon explains to you how she very often gets boxed into the 'fat' category when she talks to people about her acting career. However, while you watch Little Boxes you see a charismatic, funny and extremely entertaining actor - who quite frankly doesn't need a box as proudly being herself with no box in sight is definitely where she belongs.

As an impressionable twelve-year-old her life-changing icon first appeared in front of her on Top of the Pops on a Thursday night in the form of the groundbreaking band of a generation. The band in question was Boy George & Culture Club. As a teenager from that generation, they were one of my favourite bands too and I could relate to exactly how she felt as they stood up and told us that we should be whoever we chose to be.

Little Boxes delves deep into the psyche box that is the mind. Where she explores the box surrounding her as the adult parent. This ran alongside closing the box on her Mum, who sadly died two months before she had her son. Sadly neither of the two boxes can ever be open together for her to add joint memories into.

The concept behind this production makes you look at people and your own life and question where you and others have been pigeonholed. Which box or category have you been put into, willingly or unwillingly? It's one of those plays where you go in without knowing what to expect and come out realising you have just watched something that challenges your own way of thinking and how you look at those around you.

There is a time and a place for boxes to be used. Keep shoes in them, photographs and keepsakes - but categorizing and labelling people is definitely not one of those purposes. My advice is to stay away from those boxes.

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Laugh and cry with Joann Condon (Little Britain, The Office, Dad’s Army the Lost Episodes), as she explores the boxes she has “found herself in” throughout her life: The hopes and dreams of a child, the frustrations of an acting career, the tensions of being a parent, the grief in losing loved ones, the fear of being...herself.

‘… ticks all the right boxes’ **** London Pub Theatres

\'Condon promises we will laugh and cry … and laugh and cry we did\' Phoenix Remix

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