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Ovalhouse and Catherine Hoffmann

Cyst-er Act

by Catherine Hoffmann

Ovalhouse and Catherin Hoffmann present a messy, musical ritual —Madame Ovary meets The Devils.

This event is part of the FiRST BiTES season
  • Thu 7 Jun – Sat 9 Jun, 7:45pm

Running time: 50 mins

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

A messy, musical ritual - Madame Ovary meets The Devils - probing into reproductive mishaps and monstrosities. 


What is it like to have your fallopian tube hacked off? Or to give birth to a 10lb cyst baby?

The realm of the womb can be complex and bloody awesome…


Cyst-er Act is a new work written about my personal experience of having an ovary removed and the discoveries of other women's womb difficulties. We'll attempt to uncover lost knowledge about women's bodies and how these womb things occur through gospel, ovary blues and death metal musical numbers.


Joined on stage stage by my 'Poly-Cysters', Sarah Jane Grimshaw and Amanda Radix, directed by JanWillem Van den Bosch and with costumes by Jack GoodeCyst-er Act will shine a light on the little talked about issues around the realms of the womb and when things can go awry.


Expect songs, slime, speculums and stripteasing nuns - what's not to like.


  • Thu 7 Jun, 7:45pm
  • Fri 8 Jun, 7:45pm
  • Sat 9 Jun, 7:45pm

Additional information

Age 14+
Running time 50 mins

Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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