• Main Stage
  • Youth Pass


Showing on January 18–22, 2017

Playing at Waterfront Theatre

Mess, Caroline Horton & Co., 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Edmund Collier

Caroline Horton & Co./China Plate (England)

A spectacular hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, and hitting Vancouver as part of an international tour, Mess is the best production yet from English theatre maker Caroline Horton, whose work has garnered acclaim and awards throughout the UK.

Horton brings us the story of Josephine and her dream to mount a play. Josephine is thinking big: a revolving stage, a full orchestra from Vienna and more. The production will be a kind of redemption for her, confronting the issues that define her life: obsession, eating disorders, addiction and, well, just not wanting to get out of bed. As she and her cohorts work towards their goal of recovery, we see a world come to life. It’s a place of pain and passion, brought to us with wild invention, laughs galore and great songs to boot. What Horton and company offer us is an exploration of the ground where comedy and anguish meet. It’s rough territory, but in the end the show is an expression of hope.

It is impossible to imagine anyone who wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy this funny, sweet and illuminating piece.”

Comes perilously close to genius and announces Horton as a major, major talent.”

—Time Out

Mess, Caroline Horton, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Edmund Collier
Mess, Caroline Horton, 2017 PuSh Festival
Photo: Edmund Collier


Part of the caravan: new english performance showcase, a curated programme of work designed to introduce, foster collaborations and build new audiences from some of England’s most exciting contemporary artists. caravan is delivered by Farnham Maltings.

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Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


January 18–22
75 minutes, no intermission

10:30AM (January 18)
10:00AM & 12:30PM (January 19)
10:30AM (January 20)
2:00PM (January 21 & 22)


$15 Children 15 & under
$25 Regular

Buy tickets via Ticketfly
Or call 604.449.6000

PuSh Pass
Eligible on the PuSh Pass and Youth Pass.


Post-show talkback
January 18–20

Please note:
The previously advertised January 20 7:00PM and January 21 7:00PM performances have been cancelled.
If you have booked one of these performances as a single ticket or on your PuSh Pass, please contact Audience Services at 604.449.6000, tickets@pushfestival.ca.

WRITER Caroline Horton DIRECTOR Alex Swift DESIGNER Fiammetta Horvat LIGHTING DESIGNER Andy Purves ORIGINAL SCORE, SONGS Seiriol Davies PRODUCER China Plate NORTH AMERICA PRODUCER Kids’ Entertainment DEVISORS, PERFORMERS Hannah Boyde, Seiriol Davies, Caroline Horton MEDICAL ADVISORS Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Professor Tony Hope, Professor Helen Sharpe, Dr. Peter Musiat DEVELOPED WITH BEAT UK Eating Disorder Charity, with the help of experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, triggered@warwick Arts Centre COMMISSIONED BY BAC, Parabola Arts Centre SUPPORTED BY Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Ovalhouse (London)