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Sat 27 May 2023


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60 mins


£10* (£8*) | £5* Students/Under 25s



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Winner of Best Solo Show at Fuse International, 2022.

When Raina arrives at her spoken word gig to see her exes in the audience, all the questions she’s had about her past sexual experiences begin to surface.

Through poetry, comedy and one very awkward encounter with a cheese string, she begins to explore questions about bad sex, drunk sex and the grey areas of consent.

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking, Manic is a solo show that combines poetry, puppetry and theatre to ask whether it is possible to say you were violated without implicating a partner.

The evening will be introduced with a poetry performance by Ceri Baker.  

Ceri Baker is an eclectic mash up of rhythmic frames to life’s poetic eruption. Coming from a ‘f*ck it’ place following life changing medical trauma, she stitches feminist rage into body autonomy glee and procreative recovery. Mixing humour, anecdote and moving autobiographical content, she carefully regifts relatable stories allowing us to breathe out, where we might have been holding in.

Stage times

7.00 – 7.20pm – Ceri Baker

7.20 – 7.30pm – interval

7.30 – 8.20pm – MANIC


Raina Greifer (she/they) is a Bristol-based theatre maker and producer interested in exploring themes around sex, consent, and grief. Her work uses puppetry, poetry, and comedy, often examining the intersection between the personal and political. They were shortlisted for the SH24: Sexual Health Awards 2022 as Young Person of the Year and were a BBC Words First Finalist in 2021. Her solo show MANIC won Best Solo Show at Fuse International in 2022 and will be touring across the UK in 2023.

Content warning

Adult themes: Frank description of sexual assault and rape; Emotional discussion of sexual assault; Recounting of drunk sex; Strong language.

If you would like to find out more or ask any further questions please contact Raina Greifer via email


Do you spend a lot of time talking to your plants? Does your ex look exactly like that old t-shirt in the back of your closet? Do you like to imagine that your stuffed animals also enjoy the new reality tv show you started?

In this workshop, Raina will be leading you through a series of puppetry and writing exercises to explore how the things we own can be used for devising new pieces of literature and performance.

Based on their work devising their solo show MANIC, this workshop will give participants an opportunity to get silly and create a new piece of work! A great space for artists of all levels and mediums to experiment and play. Following tradition with Raina’s artistic practice, you are invited to create your ex out of a household object or develop a completely new character for your next project.

The workshop runs roughly an hour and a half.

Please bring pen, pencil, and 1 object you would like to base a character off with you to the workshop.

Manic Workshop: Make Your Ex Out of Your Favourite Objects! puppetry in devising & writing


Save £2 on each ticket when you book any 3 theatre/dance shows at once

Explore more of our theatre and performance programme, and enjoy money off your tickets! Save £2 on each ticket when you book for three or more shows from our performance programme at the same time. Book any three theatre or dance shows and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Not valid on £5 Student/Under 25 tickets.  

£5 Tickets for Students/Under 25s


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