Saturday, 14 January 2017

Preview: Before (the line is lost) at Newcastle Northern Stage

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Join Holly Gallagher in her first solo show

Before (the line is lost)
Newcastle Northern Stage
Thursday 26th January 2017

Join Holly Gallagher in a story of Cosplay, Comic Conventions, and growing up on the Internet. She wants to share a story with you: a coming-of-age story, a love story, a horror story. A story about you.

Photo: Yvonne Boyle
Before (the line is lost) is a one woman show about Cosplay and growing up on the internet. It addresses the world of comic conventions and consent both in reality and online through storytelling, autobiographical experience, and verbatim materials gathered through interviews with people of varying ages, races, and genders from the UK, USA, and Canada.

Following a sell-out preview performance in August 2016, Before (the line is lost) is set to fascinate, inform, and challenge audiences over the course of the evening at Northern Stage’s newly refurbished Stage 3.

“joyous, angry, upsetting, inspirational work.” Alex Kelly (Third Angel)

After a decade of cosplaying, Holly can’t wait to welcome you into her world...

Photo: Yvonne Boyle
Holly Gallagher is a Theatre Maker and Director from Teesside. She has showcased and performed in work at Northern Stage, Live Theatre, ARC Stockton, Alphabetti Theatre, and GIFT Festival. Before (the line is lost) is Holly’s first solo show. 

You may ask “What is Cosplay?” Cosplay is an art form dedicated to creating costumes and dressing up as fictional characters. Having originated in Japan, the hobby is now widespread across the globe at comic conventions (e.g.: San Diego Comic Con). Cosplayers (the participants in the hobby) often post costumes online and those with popular characters and good craftsmanship often accumulate large fan-followings. Since its beginnings the hobby has even become a career path for many with cosplayers such as Yaya Han and Jessica Nigri earning a living from their costumes, patterns, photosets, and convention visits. 

The trailer for the piece can be found here: Video LINK

Before (the line is lost) appears at Newcastle Northern Stage on Thursday 26th January 2017
Tickets: £10 / £8 conc.  
Box Office: 0191 230 5151 or online at

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