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DOUBLE BILL - Snatched + Magic Bus

Lead Performer/Co-Deviser Melissa Johns
Director/Co-Deviser Lily Levin
Developed with The Lowry

In 2018, disabled actor, Melissa Johns' icloud was hacked and explicit photos of her released online. A young disabled woman with a history of body dysmorphia comes to terms with her body becoming public property. This humorous and revealing show mixes verbatim monologues with melodrama, vulgar news headlines and musical storytelling, refusing to display embarrassment or remorse in order to champion female sexuality, fight body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability.

Magic Bus
Written and performed by Sian Armstrong
Directed by Emilie Lahouel
Music by Ziad Jabero

It’s 1978. Simon, a 17-year-old lad from Yorkshire is running away from home, on the Magic Bus; a pirate bus service that travels the world. This is a moving, energetic, hilariously honest story about family, hope, the coming together of different cultures, and a life changing adventure. With live music and original songs.

Creative Team

Melissa Johns

Melissa Johns, Writer - Snatched

Melissa works in both TV & Theatre. She is known for playing Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Street and recently finished filming Mike Bartletts new BBC One drama - LIFE, playing Hannah Taylor. Johns is an ambassador for disabled actors and fights for the representation of disability in the arts/media.

Sian Armstrong

Sian Armstrong, Writer - Magic Bus

Sian is a performer, theatre-maker, and drama facilitator based in Newcastle. In 2017 Sian made her one woman show STUPID, which toured regionally to sell-out shows. Most recently she took part on Intro to Playwriting (Live Theatre) and founded The Table (2019) a member-led writing community for female and non binary writers in the North East.

Snatched & Magic Bus

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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