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Working-class, Jewish director, choreographer + writer for theatre and opera based in east London and Bristol. 

'REFUGEE!' written by Aisha Zia.

Opal Fruits (2022)


Pleasence Courtyard, Edinburgh 2022

Associate Director Jenny Davies 
Design Anna Orton 
Lighting + Video Deisgn Rachel 
Performer +writer Holly Beasley Garrigan 
Dramaturg Elinor Lower 

OPAL FRUITS is Holly's debut solo show. It’s just undergone significant redevelopment with a new and expanded creative team. The show explores what it means to be an artist who grew up in poverty... to have a stake in two worlds but to feel as though you don't really fit into either.
Hands up who's bored of white people making sentimental autobiographical solo shows that use direct address, spoken-word, and gritty clichéd accounts of other people's struggles for the entertainment of the middle classes.

... Whoops.

Armed with pick n mix, politics and UK Garage, Holly Beasley-Garrigan wants to talk about the fetishisation of the feral female. OPAL FRUITS is about class, nostalgia and five generations of women from one council estate in South London. An anarchic reimagining of the self-congratulatory solo show and a wry interrogation of faux-working-class cultural trends.

★★★★ juicy bite out of the hand that feeds’ (The Wee Review)

Utterly compelling’ (Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor)

‘One to watch’ (A Younger Theatre)

★★★★ (Breaking the Fourth Wall)

★★★★ (Plays to See)