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Strip Theatre presents ‘Lean’ – a production about male anorexia commencing in February 2013

Strip Theatre presents LEAN, a brave, bold and unashamedly frank insight into male anorexia and how it affects a married couple’s relationship. The production runs from Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 23 February 2013, 7.30pm at Tristan Bates Theatre. There are two Press nights on – Thursday 31 January & Friday 1 February at 7.30pm.

With hospital admissions for Anorexia and Bulimia among men rapidly increasing in the UK, LEAN could not be more timely and approaches the issues through a personal domestic story to create an accessible representation of the disease [for further Anorexia stats, see ‘Notes’, below].


The play is inspired by personal experience and tells the tale of Tessa, who arrives home unannounced to find her husband, Michael has stopped eating again. She makes a deal with him that she will move back in, but will only eat what he eats. However, Michael plays by his own rules, which culminates in a battle of wills and a tangle of mind games that will either save or destroy them.


Laura Hanna plays Tessa. Her past credits include Beasts And Beauties at Hampstead Theatre, Daisy Pulls It Off at Lyric, Hammersmith and Into The Woods at Oxford Playhouse. She also starred in Channel 4’s Driller Filler. Tim Dorsett plays Michael, his past work includes Belles Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse, The Best Years of our Lives at Watford Playhouse and Stacy at New Diorama. LEAN is written by award winning playwright Isley Lynn. Her previous work has been produced by National Theatre Studio, Nabokov, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Arcola, BAC and IdeasTap. The director is Chelsea Walker who has directed new writing at the Bush, Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse, BAC, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also assistant directed at the Arcola and Salisbury Playhouse. The play is produced by Strip Theatre which is run by Zoe Robinson who won the Methuen Emerging Producer Award in 2011. She has also produced the UK tour of The Overcoat, Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch, Time Out Critics’ Choice), The Messiah (Bootstrap Bunker) and Prayer Meeting (Brighton Fringe)

‘Impressive young new-writing company Strip Theatre’ Time Out

LEAN will be performed from Tuesday 29 January Saturday 23 February 2013. Tue-Sat, 7.30pm & Sunday’s 3.30pm, tickets £13 / £10 concessions. Press night – Thursday 31 January & Friday 1 February at 7.30pm. Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP. Box Office: 020 7240 6283.


For press tickets, images and information please contact Kim Morgan PR on 020 7277 9559, 07939 591 403 email


'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1139351.

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