Unholy Mess is an award-winning theatre company founded in Manchester in 2011 by performance poet Jemima Foxtrot and director Lucy Allan.
Their first production, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, directed by Jemima and Lucy had a sell-out run at Joshua Brooks in Manchester. Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, directed by Lucy, premiered at Studio Salford and was selected by The Library Theatre for re:play, a festival celebrating the best fringe theatre in Manchester. It was revived at The Lowry Studio, where it received a host of four star reviews.
In 2015, they began working on new plays with Jemima as writer and performer and Lucy as co-writer and director. Their first, Melody, was developed at Clapham Omnibus, The Southbank Centre and The Battersea Arts Centre. It was previewed at The Clapham Omnibus, before being performed at The Barbican Art Gallery as part of Doug Aitken’s project Station to Station. It was performed at The Buxton Fringe, where it won the award for Best Spoken Word Show. It was runner-up for Best Spoken Word Show and Jemima was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Performer at the Saboteur Awards. It had a successful run at the PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh, receiving a host of four star reviews. Melody then went on an extensive national tour.
In 2016, Unholy Mess was awarded Arts Council funding to develop Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea. It was developed at Clapham Omnibus and will preview in London in summer 2017, will complete a full run in Edinburgh this summer before going on an extensive national tour.