Following their sell-out run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Sh!t Theatre announce a month long London run at Soho Theatre in 2018, which kicks off the UK tour for their unique love letter to Dolly Parton.
Following their award-winning sell-out hit Letters to Windsor House – which was named one of Time Out London’s top ten theatre shows of the year – Sh!t Theatre announce a month long off West End run for their bold new show about country legend Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death.
Sh!t Theatre f*cking love Dolly Parton and this is the story of their trip to the first lady of country’s theme park, DollyWood. This sharp and hilarious performance takes you on an adventure into the heartland of country music, Tennessee and beyond to explore real and plastic, mortality and immortality, original and clone.
The inimitable duo head to Knoxville in search of Dollywood, built on the legendary performer’s childhood home, and while there they try to visit the original Body Farm, the forensic medical facility which researches human decomposition. One is plastic immortality, the other the inescapable reality of death. Enlisting the expertise of the ‘Nigella of science’ genetic scientist Dr Kat Arney, Sh!t Theatre explore the enigma that is Dolly Parton and her namesake Dolly the sheep in this rollercoaster ride of a show complete with live music and sing-a-longs.
Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit said of DollyWould: “We love Dolly Parton. We have always made shows from a place of anger and this year especially – with everything that is going on in the world – we wanted to make a show from a place of love. And we both love Dolly Parton. The show is also the story of us getting to Dollywood – the first trip we’ve made together after falling out last year.
“Dolly Parton has created a plastic brand of herself, an avatar with big blonde wigs and boobs which can be recreated, cloned – is immortal. There’s a famous story where Dolly entered herself in a Dolly Parton drag competition, and lost. The drag queens were more Dolly than she was. Yet she is completely her authentic self. She does everything her own way, she has her own wit, her own mind and writes her own songs. She is plastic yet real, ridiculous yet respected, we laugh at and with her. She embodies an overblown version of the male fantasy, yet it is an open secret that she is a lesbian. She’s important to us as an artist, role model and probably queer woman.”
19 March – 14 April 2018, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London & full tour to be announced