Images by Holly Revell
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 Catherine's personal experience of having an ovary removed due to a large cyst that took over her entire stomach, and the discoveries of other women's womb difficulties. It uncovers lost knowledge about women's bodies and how these interior things occur through ovary blues, punk, death metal and some gospel numbers thrown in.
Joined on stage by her 'Poly-Cysters', Sarahjane Grimshaw and Amanda Radix, expect songs, slime, speculums and stripteasing nuns – Welcome to the wonders of the womb.
Supported by Arts Council England, Metal and Ovalhouse.
Her material is raw and her relay of it feels vital and clandestine.
Farcically serious, the work considers very real questions about women's health and how to integrate mainstream science with holistic medicine.
Hoffmann's irreverent humour works well as a juxtaposition to the pain, shame and embarrassment that women still are expected to put up with.
Jan 28, 29 2022
Gender Medicine festival
Spring tour 2019
Sunday 10th March, 5.30pm
Saturday 16th March, 4pm
POW! Turner Contemporary Margate
Wednesday 3rd April, 7.30pm
Wednesday 10th April, 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 17th April, 8pm
Colchester Arts Centre
Thursday 9th Sep 2018
The Space in Between, Unlimited festival
7-9th June 2018
Concept, writing and performance Catherine Hoffmann
Performers Sarah Jane Grimshaw and Amanda Radix
Direction and dramaturgy of initial R+D phase Jan Van den Bosch Witch doctor Tom Marshman
Choreographic assistance Florence Peake
Outside eyes Louise Mothersole, Madeleine Hodge
Lighting Designer Marty Langthorne
Costume Designer of habits and wimples Jack Goode
Producer Laura Sweeney
Engagement Producer Siobhan McGrath
Photography Holly Revell and Manuel Vason