Edie Rose is a magician’s assistant. On the eve of her sixtieth birthday she finally becomes the star of her own show.

Edie Rose is a magician’s assistant. On the eve of her sixtieth birthday she finally becomes the star of her own show.

Show description

That show is a magical cabaret; a dark, ribald tale of a woman’s life in showbiz. To assist, Edie conjures versions of her younger self: the ingenue starting out and the frazzled middle-aged mum. Each number magically transports the audience to the defining moments of Edie’s life. Those moments when the magic was more than just a performance…

The Disappearing Act is performed by three actresses in their twenties, forties and sixties using visual physical theatre, new writing, song, puppetry, object manipulation and, of course, magic.

It explores the treatment of women in the industry, sexuality in performance, motherhood, the hopefulness of youth, the wisdom of experience, love, loss, identity and how women culturally “disappear” as they age.

Based on true stories from female performers.

Credits & Production History

Cast: Eline Hallem, Alice Parsloe and Liz Crowther
Produced by Turtle Key Arts
Directed by Claire Coaché
Written by Lisle Turner
Designed by Kate Rigby
Lighting Design by Aideen Malone
Co-commissioned by Courtyard Hereford
Funded by ACE with financial support from The Elmley Foundation.

In development. Research and Development summer 2018, Courtyard Hereford

Rehearsals spring 2019. Touring 2019 onwards.