**** 'Brilliantly executed. Tears up the rulebook.
MEAT is perfectly disobedient.
***** A tour-de-force performance fusing spoken word and physical theatre. Not only has she mastered both forms, she fuses them into something new, something greater.
***** MEAT is the best thing at this year's fringe. If I could give it more than five stars I would.
***** It would be difficult to discuss this year's fringe without mentioning Elle Dillon-Reams. Not only a gifted performer, but a kind, bold, and truthful one with an important story to tell.
***** A challenging yet life-affirming piece of theatre that raised questions long after leaving the theatre and is as Dillon-Reams describes it herself :
'Work that leaves audiences with hope. My art is activism, my art is an antidote to the hopeless.'
JOE ROSENTHAL -SNACK MAG
'Dillon-Reams has a kindly presence that draws you in.'
MERVYN STUTTER'S PICK OF THE FRINGE '23
‘ Men are afraid that women will laugh at them.
Women are afraid that men will kill them.'
MEAT is an electrifying roar of fury, a rallying cry of protest & unifying celebration of strength packed with heroism & heart. A playful and poignant exploration of identity. Written by multi-award winner Elle Dillon-Reams, 'Best Newcomer' The Scotsman.
A dirty dive into the foundations of power, an injection of a new narrative - MEAT is a theatrical hybrid of poetry, clowning, cabaret and dance featuring original music.
‘Memories demand attention, because memories have teeth’
Edinburgh Fringe '23
2nd- 28th August
Writer & Performer: Elle Dillon-Reams
Directors: Len Gwyn and Roann Hassani McCloskey
Music & Composition: Porsche Present and Rachel Barnes
Sound Design & Production: Xana
Choreography: Chess Dillon-Reams
Tech support: Roshan Conn
Safeguarding Consultancy: Louise Orwin
Marketing, Movement and Wellbeing Support: Melanie Gleeson
Images: Rah Petherbridge
Produced by: Elle Dillon-Reams, Paul Moss & Emily Oldroyd
With thanks to Emer Dineen, Beth Sitek, Tramshed, Camden People's Theatre. Supported with funding from Arts Council England
Show Photography : Ali Wright
Poster Images: Rah Petherbridge
with thanks to George Alexander Thompson,
House of Harlot, and Wildcard Studios
Poster Design: Daisy Minto
MEAT was conceived in 2020 and was originally programmed for VAULT 2021 which was cancelled. This forged a collaboration opportunity with Flugelman Productions and Spotify where the show was reimagined as an audio piece.
Musicians and Sound Designers :
Emer Dineen and Porscha Present
Director: Edwina Strobl
Dramaturgy, Producer: Hayley Ricketson
Available via Spotify.