How do you represent Audrey Hepburn on stage? By placing her in a trapeze, high above the world where she can be both fragile and strong as Hepburn was in life.
BREAKFAST AT AUDREY’S uses a circular trapeze to explore the connections between female beauty and thin-ness.
Hepburn’s beauty had its costs. Starved as a child in occupied Holland, she battled with eating disorders throughout her life. She gave up Hollywood at 38 to concentrate on being a mother. Finally as an old, frail lady she felt compelled to re-enter the media glare in her relentless campaign to bring an end to starvation in Africa.
“This meditation on eating disorders and mother-daughter relationships is beautifully directed by John Binnie, with Philippa Vafadari’s breathtaking performance elegantly offset by Cara Kelly as both mothers” The Scotsman
“The play is laugh out loud funny and deeply moving…Don’t miss it.” The Herald
“Philippa Vafadari gracefully performs with a trapeze hoop, emphasizing Hepburn’s elegance and both her and Holly’s isolation” The List
“It’s about obsession, mother-love and anorexia and how those three things circle around each other like rats in a trap…a beguiling success” The Times
“Two narratives interweave as elegantly as Vafadari swings on her trapeze” The Metro
In Co-production with Clyde Unity Theatre and with funding from The Scottish Arts Council
Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award 2005.
Cast: Fiona Bruce & Philippa Vafadari