Art, anorexia and exhibitionism collide.

Three women attempt to make sense of a world where you can create an amazing piece of art but you cannot tell someone how you feel.

Weaver Hughes Ensemble presents the World Premiere of

Thin Toes

by Laura Stevens

20 February-16 March 2008 at Stagespace, Pleasance London

With: Elizabeth Bichard | Helen Millar | Camilla Simson.

Director: Julia Stubbs | Designer: Georgia Lowe | Lighting: Richard Williamson | Sound/Music: Dominic Thurgood | Photographer: Gabriela Restelli.

As soon as I read a monologue from a draft of an extraordinary new play in development called Thin Toes by a very talented young writer Laura Stevens, it made me want to direct.

Thin Toes followed three characters: Meg, a once-famous artist; Andrea, her teenage daughter and Lucy, Andrea’s new best friend. Exploring art, anorexia and exhibitionism, the play was a bold look at three very different women and signalled the arrival of a gifted, new writer in Laura Stevens.

Firstly directing a reading of the play in May 2007, I then began the process of directing its premiere production. I also had the good fortune to find three incredible actresses to inhabit the roles – Helen Millar, Elizabeth Bichard and Camilla Simson – and the World Premiere production of the play was presented at the Pleasance, London in February-March 2008.

Reviews for Thin Toes

“The performances were breathtaking… Elizabeth Bichard plays Lucy beautifully as a classic English rose… Helen Millar draws out all of the dark power of Andrea… Camilla Simson (Meg) performs with confidence and accomplishment… Laura Stevens’ writing is very tight, with no superfluous dialogue or over-familiar scenes, and director Julia Stubbs’ influence keeps the production pacy… I would absolutely recommend this production to others, and anticipate a revival in a larger theatre soon.” Extra! Extra!

“Julia Stubbs’ intelligent production… Stevens has set herself up as a writer worth watching… The performances by the trio of actresses are all equally well rounded… Stevens takes care to make each of the women feel like whole, flawed human beings.”

“the relationship between a narcissistic artist, her prodigious daughter, and her best friend provides the canvas for a delicate portrait of three damaged women… Helen Millar is captivating as a girl who uses anorexia to exact control over her otherwise chaotic life.” Time Out

“Laura Stevens’ thought-provoking debut… The acting is excellent: Helen Millar’s stroppy Andrea contrasts perfectly with Elizabeth Bichard’s naive and needy Lucy, while Camilla Simson’s Meg is a convincing mix of aggression and failure… Stevens’ well-observed play… is both familiar and undeniably moving… Director Julia Stubbs has imaginatively staged the play in a specially adapted space, which has been decorated by designer Georgia Lowe to look like an art gallery. This effectively draws in the audience and also provides a suitably intimate playing space.” The Stage