Jemima Foxtrot, acclaimed performance poet and theatre maker stars in Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea – a strange, funny and poignant play about the self we present to the world and the self we try to hide.

Exploring memory, childhood and what happens when you can’t quite get to the punch line, Foxtrot deftly weaves three separate narratives together in a multi-layered performance – a joke that Jemima tries to tell at the pub, buried memories from childhood, and snippets from an American pop-culture phenomenon. Repeated sound using a loop pedal works to externalise inner worlds and memories; at times repetitive, discordant and disturbing, and at other times soothing and harmonious. Thoughts and memories bubble up, exploding into the microphone where they are looped, harmonised, repeated and unravelled.

Foxtrot delivers an emotional and punchy one woman show using her unique and award-winning style – fusing powerful poetry, song and storytelling. Developed in association with Omnibus Theatre.

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea follows on from Jemima Foxtrot and Lucy Allan’s – the duo who make up Unholy Mess – 2015 Edinburgh debut, Melody, an award-winning poetry show. This lyrical exploration of music and memory told through a journey home from work was critically-acclaimed and also won the Buxton Fringe Spoken Word Award.

Above The Mealy Mouthed Sea comes to Upstairs at the Western on 9th January 2018.

Photography by Camilla Greenwell

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