Lancashire Fringe Festival is over the bloody moon to have award-winning actress and comedienne Katie O’Brien perform her provocative one-woman show Catch 22 Years in Preston.
The show, happening on Friday, May 17, is a hugely alternative take on well-established taboo tales of addiction, challenging perceptions of recovery.
And I’m delighted that it will take place in the wonderful venue of Preston Central Methodist Church on Lune Street.
Katie has had flipping brilliant reviews for her past work – both in film and on stage. Her show Trishelle: Out Of Order was hailed as character comedy at it’s very best – but this new show takes the genre into a new direction, where Katie’s character-acting performance unravels into a confessional about her own life.
Catch 22 Years in an autobiographical show revealing what it is like to be a 37-year-old who is 22 years sober, meaning she gave up alcohol before she was even legally allowed to purchase it.
Hilarious, brutally honest, heart-warming and provocative, the show challenges perceptions of recovering from addiction, pathologising humanity and the quest for self-discovery.
It sees Katie transmute from her performance alter egos, in particular Trishelle – described as a “beautiful hot mess” by Bryony Kimmings – into other versions of herself until she is liberated on stage dropping all character.
Katie O’Brien is an Irish-born Londoner trained as a fine artist. She studied at Philippe Gaulier’s Paris-based Clown School and in 2016 won Best Supporting Actress at the British Independent Film Festival for her role in Is It Dead Yet.
This confessional performance is a big leap for Katie, revealing a secret she has kept from most people in her life for a long time: she is 22 years clean and she is challenging herself as a “recovering addict”, artist, performer and theatre maker with stories of crack cocaine to finding connections in a yoga class.
“Character comedy at it’s very best – brave, committed, brilliantly performed and – most importantly – completely hilarious!” ***** ToDoList
“O’Brien’s performance defies both logic and explanation…. there’s definitely something captivating
about the way O’Brien brings these vivid characters to life.” The List
“Beyond twisted and side-splittingly funny… tantamount to a work of genius.” ***** Everything Theatre
“The girl’s got balls… skill and charm… one to watch!” London Is Funny
“This lady is a stylish talent, & like all the best comedy storytellers has the ability to transport us into an unshakable reality of hilarity.” Laughs: ***** Material: **** Delivery: ***** Mumble Comedy
See Catch 22 Years by Katie O’Brien at Preston Central Methodist Church, Lune St, Preston PR1 2NL 8.15pm on Friday, May 17.
Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!