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Chronic Insanity and Theatre503 presents


Written by Joe Strickland
Directed by Joe Strickland
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How far would you go to get everything you ever wanted?

Marianne and Joss have been trying to have a baby for a while, so when Marianne finally reveals that she’s pregnant, it’s a cause for celebration. However, things may not be as they seem and over the course of an evening her story, and then their lives, begin to unravel in front of them. What will be left once the dust has settled?

Matryoshka is a story about human nature, technological advancement, and what happens when the tools we create offend our cultural sensibilities, especially surrounding fertility. Whether or not “science can go too far” is explored in a show full of drama, projection, music, and live set puppetry. Two performers and a live artist will present this story at Theatre503 for one night only.

Chronic Insanity is a Nottingham based theatre company that creates and facilitates live events in a variety of traditional, found, and digital spaces. They make work accessibly, affordably, sustainably, and inclusively, seeking to change the definition of what theatre can be by playing with form, genre, medium, and technology. They can often be found running the UK’s first dedicated digital theatre literary department, managing our cave based arts venue underneath Nottingham, The Void, and staging at least 12 shows every 12 months.

Running time: 75 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 16+

Content information: This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view content information here.

Joe Strickland

Joe Strickland is a theatre maker, digital producer, creative technologist and access consultant with great energy and passion. Since 2012 they have been helping to create all manner of theatre and performance in venues across the country.​ They are the Artistic Director of Chronic Insanity, a multi-award winning theatre company from Nottingham, a studio member with Near Now, and have been a BBC New Creative and an Associate Artist with New Perspectives and Nonsuch Studios. They are also a multi-award winning magician, and an accomplished musician.


Artistic Team
Joe Strickland
Joe Strickland
Live Artist
Joe Strickland
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Laura Turner
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