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The Twins' train has now departed while they take a well-earned rest.  Thank you to all who were lucky enough to visit them in 2012.



"The human mind will not function when it is hot. Only when it is cool and dispassionate"

Image: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker Press

What's it like to be always together, always to be one of a pair, always to share the praise and the blame and never, ever, ever to have a birthday cake that's just for you?


Fittings' new show, directed by Garry Robson, is a mix of music, text and improvisation that fuses the extraordinary talents of avant garde performance artist David Hoyle with the vocal skills of acclaimed soprano Denise Leigh. A selected audience are invited to wander and explore the undiscovered places that lurk behind the scenes in theatres and travelling shows before being taken to a private audience with Jessie and Bessie, the famous Siamese Twins.



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"all the performances were enthralling....David Hoyle as the convivial host always goes that sentence too far, catching you while you are still smiling but suddenly now feeling on edge.

Denise Leigh's beautiful voice added a dramatic counterpoint to the action unfurling before us and Gareth Kieran Jones and Rachel Drazek, as the sisters, shared their emotional journey with us through snatches of dialogue, song and simple repetitive actions.

It's the sisters who will haunt me - troubled and troubling with their longed-for Christmas present that, once opened, scars them just about as deep as you can go. And now me too, by association.

Affecting stuff indeed."                                                                                                      Jo Verrent, Disability Arts Online

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Video: Arts Council of England

" of the most remarkable and unforgettable pieces of theatre that will be seen in Liverpool this year ... lingers long in the memory and haunts the dreams well after the show is over. It is still constantly on my mind."


Read more from the review of 'The Ugly Spirit' at Liverpool DaDaFest here.


"... a feverish vaudeville nightmare, a delirium of over-lapping fragments and horror ... evocative, thought-provoking and brutally powerful."


Read more from the review of 'The Ugly Spirit' at Belfast Bounce! Festival here.

"The great and terrible day has finally come."





                                    Missed it?  We are hoping to restage 'The Ugly Spirit' sometime in 2014 - watch this space



The Ugly Spirit - Behind the Scenes

A short film by Mark Morreau



More images from the show can be found in our Ugly Spirit gallery page here.



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