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3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle examines the relationship between two sisters and how their close bond was affected when one of them was diagnosed with a severe eating disorder as a teenager.
Recalling touching memories, laugh-out-loud anecdotes and Mars bars, this searingly frank and painfully funny two-hander examines what it's like to live with a loved one and their mental illness.
Alexandra (Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley, BBC One); When We Died, Bruntwood Longlist 2017) and Kate Donnachie (Carlton Hobbs Award Runner Up 2018, The Choir: Gareth's Best in Britain) bravely share their heart breaking but hilarious memories of growing up together and managing their close bond through a difficult time.
When Alexandra (finally) decided to ask Kate what 'that time' was like for her, she immediately began cooking up ideas for this autobiographical show - albeit before Kate agreed to be in it.
Had their relationship been affected?
How had it changed?
Were they closer or more distant?
Alexandra Donnachie comments: For two years, I had been making and developing a one woman show about living with an eating disorder but something always felt off even when people said nice things about my work.
Eventually, I realised what didn't sit well with me; there were already loads of fantastic one-woman shows looking at incredible women and their stories.
One day I stuck a dictaphone under Kate's chin and asked what life was like for her when I was ill.
Soon after this, 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle was born.
3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle seeks to show the powerful bond that endures throughout mental illness and reinforces the enduring message - you are not alone.
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London W2 6ND
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Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Sunday ‑ 7‑30pm