“Hilarious from the start...” London Pub Theatres ✭✭✭✭

Join Katie for a camp, chaotic cabaret about the Pill. And Vampires. Seriously silly and based on real-life experiences, Side FX is a whistlestop experiment in shared decision making. A Ph.D. project exploring the science behind hormone use, personal experiences of side effects, and medical sexism.

Drawing on interviews as well as Katie’s own story this cabaret reflects on extraordinary-ordinary experiences. What does it mean to go on the pill as a young teenager because it’s ‘just what you do’; to have a medical professional deny your reality; to take a pill for years without really knowing what it does?

“Hilarious from the start, Katie Paterson is instantly likeable and draws you in with her expressive face and comic timing. She entertains and moves us at the same time…If you want to have your spirits lifted, I recommend you spend half an hour with Katie Paterson!” London Pub Theatres ✭✭✭✭

"This is a joyous 45 minutes that breaks the conventions of tradition theatre, and does not attempt to hit the audience over the head with a message but allows the piece to be completely open in this series of minor disruptions."Within Her Words ✭✭✭✭✭

Please note there will be a fifteen minute Q&A on Friday's performance. 

Age guidance: 14+

Interval: This performance does not have an interval.

Content warning:

References to medical experience and suggestions of sexual violence.

Find out more about Katie Paterson and Side FX

Katie Paterson is a theatremaker and researcher currently working on her PhD at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her research looks at the potential of performance to illuminate lived experience and validate embodied knowledge, specifically experiences of taking synthetic hormones like the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy. Her queer feminist practice embraces chaos, scavenging and care as methodologies for change.

Katie has performed at the Museum of Comedy, Barbican, Pleasance, Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe, Maiden Speech and Waitress Festival. Previous work includes solo show Minor Disruptions, exploring the queerness of childhood, Game Face, a gig-theatre collaboration about body image and beauty myths and various credits as an actor, singer, and producer.


Instagram: @SideFXPlay

Twitter: @KatieCPaterson


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