Mortified

There are two types of children in school: those that are openly weird and those that pretend to be normal to conceal their weirdness. Some people have blanked out all the terribly horrific and embarrassing events which happened to them as a teenager, but thankfully there are others who meticulously documented every thought and feeling they had while dealing with hilariously difficult and awkward situations. For our entertainment they share the very deepest and funniest moments of their childhood, reminding us that it wasn’t actually so strange that we fell in love ridiculously fast despite never talking to the person, or that we got fired from jobs for getting drunk in the fridge. Your cheeks will ache from smiling, your stomach will ache from belly-laughing and your jaw will ache from talking about it for hours afterwards!

Your cheeks will ache from smiling, your stomach will ache from belly-laughing and your jaw will ache from talking about it for hours after!

Throughout the show we are introduced to five very different people whose teenage years varied massively. One thing they all have in common: they have all been mortified – even if it’s by looking back at what they have written. Through reading out their personal diary entries word-for-word, we are taken back in time to our own teenage years, remembering the awkward things we faced ourselves but were too embarrassed (in my case) to write down for anyone to read. Times when the stresses of teenage life were bigger than any exam or essay you needed to write, and the thought of being different started to sound tempting: Falling madly in love and having your whole class find out; realising that you might actually be gay after having an intimate night with another girl; keeping a record of all the horrible people in your class and expressing your brutally honest opinions; writing an inappropriate book about an imaginary man who is uncomfortably close with all the children, in order to cope with your dad not being around as much as you’d like; and fighting against the system through angry poems and punk music. We’ve all been there, right? Even when the situation isn’t relatable to something you’ve been through personally, I can guarantee that this will only increase the hilarity of the story.

During each diary reading, we have a small insight into what the reader's childhood was like, and the person they were when they wrote the diary, through the teenage picture of them projected on the screen behind them. This adds even more comedy as these are not the most flattering of pictures, but really show their personalities as teenagers. We are also shown pictures and photographs which support the telling of the story, but this does not detract from the storytelling itself.

Moritifed will bring joy, laughter and delight to your evening, leaving you with an immense feeling of warmth and happiness. Prepare your stomach muscles for a night of intense belly-laughing as we slowly realise that we all were (still are) very strange and peculiar individuals who all went through the same embarrassingly awkward situations.

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Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Real people and genuine shame combine to make this show the international cult-hit event it has become. Come a be part of this worldwide phenomenon on its Brighton debut! Since 2002, Mortified has been curating teen angst artifacts from people like you. What started with a single undelivered love letter transformed into a movement that continues to “share the shame” from LA to London to Amsterdam.

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