all about you

the creative collaboration between

writer/performer Bella Heesom

& director/dramaturg Donnacadh O’Briain

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OUR MISSION

We explore big themes - death, sex, the self - by telling stories rooted in autobiography, digging until we find the place where the deeply personal meets the universally human. Our mission is to cultivate empathy. We are defiant optimists, and empathy is the super power with which we will change the world. 

From conception to performance, audience experience is at the centre of our work. For us, it’s all about you. We will never pretend you’re not in the room. We may sneak behind a fourth wall when it suits us, but we’ll always come back out. You will always be integral to the show. 

Our approach to form is, above all, playful. We prize our unabashed silliness almost as much as our intellectual rigour and emotional honesty. We usually use projections, we often include music, and sometimes we dance. But we always create time for you to reflect on your own life; opening up spaces in the stories for you to slip into. 

We promise to embrace our vulnerability, and to look you right in the eye and invite you to do the same. Because that’s where the magic happens — in the soft shadowy underbelly that you thought you had to hide.

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Meet the team…

Bella Heesom   Bella trained as an actor at LAMDA, after studying philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She founded All About You with Donnacadh O’Briain. Her debut play as a writer,  My World Has Exploded A Little Bit , toured nationally following critical acclaim.

Bella Heesom

Bella trained as an actor at LAMDA, after studying philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She founded All About You with Donnacadh O’Briain. Her debut play as a writer, My World Has Exploded A Little Bit, toured nationally following critical acclaim.

Donnacadh O'Briain   Donnacadh’s productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally. His acclaimed production of  Rotterdam  by Jon Brittain won the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. He developed and directed All About You’s first production;  My   World Has Exploded A Little Bit.

Donnacadh O'Briain

Donnacadh’s productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally. His acclaimed production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain won the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. He developed and directed All About You’s first production; My World Has Exploded A Little Bit.

Sara Alexander   Sara performed alongside Bella in  My World Has Exploded A Little Bit , following which we invited her to collaborate on developing  Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself.  Work includes RSC, National and Globe Theatre Rome.

Sara Alexander

Sara performed alongside Bella in My World Has Exploded A Little Bit, following which we invited her to collaborate on developing Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself. Work includes RSC, National and Globe Theatre Rome.

our work

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Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself

This is a story of self-love, encompassing shame, pride, fury and liberation. Revealed is the hidden battle between Brain and Clitoris; Appetite and Ego; shame-free sensuality and the desperate need to be ‘normal’, which everyone will recognise, regardless of gender.

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My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

A beautiful, brutal new play. Part true story, part farcical performance lecture. My World Has Exploded A Little Bit tells a deeply personal story of loss and love.

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The Garden of Sexuality

Throughout our lives, we receive ideas about sex. Whether we like them or not, often these seeds grow into plants, which then shape our sexual landscape. Here, in this online garden, are the plants we collected in the shaping, performance and discussion of 'Wondrous Vulva'.

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Arms Flung Wide

Arms Flung Wide will be a theatrical experiment in vulnerability. Bella Heesom will share the true story of her mother’s striving optimism in the face of a lifetime of extreme hardship. But she won’t do it alone.

 
 

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Photos by David Monteith-Hodge, Edward Moore and Gavin Smart