Up Her Sleeve

Theatre (comedy, drama)

  • Greenside @ Riddles Court - Clover Studio
  • 21:55
  • Aug 27
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Esme Michaela – Jury’s Out Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


Creme Egg included with ticket. A dark comedy based upon the diagnosis of a common ovary disorder. A gregarious 22-year-old recounts the various sexual revelations that shaped her from an uncertain child to a self aware-ish woman, through an imaginary therapy session with her egg. The play explores themes of sex, gender and feminism through having a good laugh with a girl just trying to figure out what the hell life is.

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  • Accessible entry: First floor via lift along narrow corridor and then 3 steps down into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
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Mary Teresa 39 days ago

This show made me think, laugh and cry.
The character Daphne swept me along with her coming of age journey focusing on the ups, downs, pain and health problems of having a womb, alongside navigating boys and sex.
Two things that particularly impressed me. First, Esme's acting ability. During this 50 minute show, she effectively and impressively portrayed a range of ages and emotions. Second, the company didn't try to over use the small space available.
I will admit that some people may find a scene or two uncomfortable – but sometimes important real life stuff is not a bunch of roses. This is a dark comedy and as so effectively relates to the audience the importance of the show's subject matter.
Bravo to Jury’s Out Theatre Company for being brave enough to put across a thought-provoking, yet entertaining piece.

Mark Silver 40 days ago

So glad to have caught Up Her Sleeve last night. A well crafted and insightful piece of writing, brilliantly produced. Especially important for men to see. Esme is an exceptional actor. You also get a free Creme Egg!

Orna Clarke 43 days ago

Painfully relatable! Absolutely loved it

Rachel Holmes 44 days ago

This play made me laugh and then cry and kept my full attention throughout so what more could you ask from a play? It really resonated with some of my experiences in life. Esme tells her story with such openness and brings back thoughts of life as a teenager and young woman. She somehow displays both innocence and confidence at the same time.
The small room setting helped to immerse you into the play because it was happening immediately in front of you. The props and clever video moments added structure to the performance. I think this show deserves to have a full audience every night.

Phoebe Potts 49 days ago

I saw two shows at either end of this evening and I'm here to tell you they were The Real Thing. "#MineToo "seems likes it's going to be one thing and then it changes on you completely. Up Her Sleeve starts off as a lovely diary and ends up as a manifesto. Both shows feature two very different but equally intrepid and very nearly glowing perfomers, Mary Jo Verruto and Esme Michaela Weiler-Grove respectively.
Look- there are a lot of us solo performers here, especially those who identify as cis gendered women. You might find yourself quietly thinking- seen one, seen them all. In the case of these two shows- no. No no no. Mary Jo sings and tells stories and then opens up the entire genre to get at what she really wants to tell us. Esme Michaela Weiler-Grove brings us into the bedroom of a young woman at different points of her life trying to understand her reproductive health and being continually let down by the culture that only seems to care about her because she can (or can't) reproduce. Her carefree charm matures over the course of the show and becomes a steely center.
I was rooting for both women- first as performers because I had the pleasure of meeting them through the happy greenside family. But I rooted even harder for their characters. I know this shouldn't matter, but I found it notable that both women are luminously beautiful while they are performing. They must be doing something they really love, and want to share it with us. Please see their shows.

Rebecca Christine 50 days ago

Made a review just now but it didn’t show up here for some reasons? Nevertheless, I love the show! Me and partner laughed, hummed and reflected a lot at the jabs, confusion and daily stresses of the 22-year old therapy sessions with her egg. I truly appreciate the production of this piece for its intentions to remind us again how disorienting it could be to navigate a woman’s life understanding her vagina! I felt like this could be my own life story and that shows how accurate the characterisation is. It’s an important show for teenagers and young adults, just everyone, really. Thank you once again for this!

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Fringe Review 40 days ago

there is something very important to be said and Jury’s Out have a very effective way of saying it.

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