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A Mercury Theatre Original supported by Arts Council England and Theatre503 presents

I Really Do Think This Will Change Your Life

Written by Emma-Louise Howell
Directed by Hetty Hodgson
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Belles was the popular girl, the IT girl, the oh-so-very-fit-girl.
When she was 17.
Now, she’s 24 and spends her days bossed about by her Mum and the girls she 100% used to bully.
So, when a life-changing opportunity slides into her DMs, she carpes the diem, finds her tribe, makes her millions and proves the worth of women worldwide one Instagram post at a time.
Except she doesn’t.
Because…come on.

Belles, 24, still lives at home with her Mum in the fanny end of f*ckwhere. When she loses her job as a party princess, Mum tells her she has a week to clean up her act or she’s out. So when a life changing opportunity knocks at her door, she jumps at the chance.
I Really Do Think This Will Change Your Life explores the lure of multi-level marketing schemes and whether they really are the answer, or if they’re just too good to be true.

Mercury Theatre is the artistic powerhouse in the East – a vital, vibrant, welcoming centre of culture for the people of Colchester, Essex and beyond. The award-winning theatre presented in our auditorium and in our studio transforms and enriches the lives of our community. Through our Mercury Productions and Mercury Originals we produce world-class theatre, reinventing familiar stories and conjuring up bold, new ones. Our talent development programme seeks out fresh voices and stories that encourage people to see through the eyes of others. The Mercury’s participation programmes connect communities and celebrate creative potential by providing people with everyday opportunities to be artistic and innovative.

I Really Do Think This Will Change Your Life was written as part of the Mercury Playwrights Programme, a scheme that mentors and develops fresh voices from the East and supports new work from page to stage.

Running time: 75 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 12+

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Emma-Louise Howell

Emma-Louise Howell studied at RADA where she performed in various productions including: Measure for Measure, The Astronaut and devised performances OFF. and POWER.
Other theatre credits include: Hide and Seek (Leicester Curve), The Secret Love Life of Ophelia (Greenwich Theatre) Twelfth Night (UK/US Tour), Screen 9 (Pleasance Theatre/Charlie Hartill Award/Assembly Rooms Theatre), After the End (Site Specific).

Emma is also an award-winning Writer from East Anglia. She studied at RADA and Birkbeck where she was awarded the Michael Ross prize for her full length play, PATTERNS. PATTERNS has since been developed with the Leicester Curve and The Space Theatre and was recently shortlisted for Theatre503’s International Playwriting Prize.
As a writer, Emma has been awarded scholarships to train with the Arvon Foundation as well as joining development schemes with the Mercury Theatre, Boundless, NSDF, Young Vic and New Perspectives – where she is a Young Associate Artist.

Her work includes: YOU TOLD US TO TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER (Spoken Word), HOUSES OF SAND (Boundless Theatre) HIDE AND SEEK (Leicester Curve, National Student Drama Festival), THE LAST STRAW (Arcola Theatre), HOME BIRD (BBC Radio), OFF (RADA).

Alongside writing for stage, Emma also works across Film and Television. Her first TV Pilot ONLY THE GOOD was shortlisted for the BBC Writersroom and saw her named as one of Wildseed Studio’s Talents to Watch. She’s also recently been selected to develop her first short film with the BFI under the mentorship of their Film Development Lab.
Her work has been described as ‘darkly funny, unexpected and with an incredibly distinct point of view’ and she just kind of rolls with that as a tag line.
She also performs poetry with her work being played by BBC Radio.


Artistic Team
Emma-Louise Howell
Hetty Hodgson
Lulu Tam
Sound Designer and Composer
Holly Khan
Lighting Designer
Martha Godfrey
Video and Creative Captions Designer
Matt Powell
Movement Director
Tara Young
Deputy Stage Manager
Lucy Quinton
Emma-Louise Howell

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