SLAM Theatre in association with Theatre503 presents

Edfringe Preview: How to use a Washing Machine

Written by Georgie Botham (Book/Lyrics) and Joe Davies (Score)
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The Quarter-Life Crisis: when we have to leave home, when everything we’ve ever known is forced to change, and when it seems we have no control over what we’re going to do with our lives. And the most fundamental of all: how the hell do you use a washing machine?  

Siblings Cass and James return to their family home one last time before their parents’ divorce. They are forced to confront their pasts and the changes they’ve gone through, the instability of their new family dynamic, inherent symptoms of imposter syndrome in the face of ‘adulthood’, and the uncertainty of their futures. 

SLAM Theatre, established in 2017, are dedicated to creating collaborative theatre, using innovative movement and design. Our diverse body of work has ranged from new writing to Brechtian classics, from small studio theatres to the 600-seat auditorium of the Oxford Playhouse. Having always maintained the same core team, we pride ourselves on community, cooperation and accessibility.  

Georgie Botham (Book/Lyrics) and Joe Davies (Score)

Georgie Botham (Book/Lyrics)
Georgie most recently directed Simon Stephen’s adaptation of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera at the Oxford Playhouse, October 2018 – the first time this adaptation had been staged since its premiere at the National Theatre. She began directing with A Girl in a Car with a Man in November 2017, followed by a brand-new gender-bent adaptation of Brave New World in May 2018. Other directing credits include Shock Therapy (February 2018), and Aristeas (February 2017), as well as directing for the National Theatre Connections Project prior to university in 2016 and 2015 with Hood performed at The Lowry Studio, Manchester, and It Snows at Derby Playhouse. She acted at the beginning of her time at university, including a world premiere of new opera by acclaimed Toby Young, Witch (January 2018), and two Edinburgh fringe shows – Girls Will Be Girls and The Optimists (14-27th August 2017). She has also studied as a playwright under Evan Placey at the National Theatre, attended masterclasses with director Rob Icke, and has had training in physical theatre through workshops with Frantic Assembly.

Joe Davies (Score)
Joe Davies is a composer and conductor based in Birmingham. He conducts his own professional ensemble The Ripieno Players, as well as serving as the Artistic Director of the Eden Valley Opera Company. He has written for a wide range of groups and people, with his compositions having been performed in several venues across the UK. In particular, Joe has a passion for youth music, and works with hundreds of childrens’ choirs and orchestras a year in performances of his compositions. He has been described as a composer who possesses a ‘distinctive creative energy’ and a ‘sound-world well beyond his years’.


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Artistic Team
Georgie Botham (Book/Lyrics) and Joe Davies (Score)
Georgie Botham
Score/Musical Director
Joe Davies
Producer/Set Designer
Christina Hill
Assistant Producer
Olivia Wheeler
Technical Director
Will Hayman
Marketing and Press Manager
Esme Sanders
Graphic Designer
Sophie Kuang
Emelye Moulton
Band - Viola
Ruby Bowler
Band - Violin
Imogen Lawlor
Band - Violin
Maya Saxena
Band - Cello
Joe Davies

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