Featured in The Scotsman’s “Top 10 Returning Shows of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe”
Featured in The Scotsman’s “10 MUST-SEE THEATRE SHOWS” of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Featured in The Scotsman’s “Top 4 Shows To See in Under an Hour”
CRITIC’S CHOICE The National Scot
Sell-Out Show Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 & 2019
The Archive of Educated Hearts is crafted from true stories of families facing breast cancer.
It is a show about living without regrets, cherishing the people you care about, and making space for both joy and grief. It is told through a mixture of autobiographical storytelling, verbatim interviews, and a sprawling photo album chronicling the lives of four women.
Scrawled diary entries, answer-phone messages blinking on an old landline, a shoebox of postcards & cassette tapes winding stories across years & continents. It is a unique and intimate storytelling installation containing the remarkable moments that make up a lifetime; fragments of absolute joy & incomprehensible heartbreak punctuate stories of kindness & courage.
Written & performed by Casey Jay Andrews
Music by George Jennings
Voice over: Michael Cochrane
With special thanks to: Emma Cairns, Auriole Wells, Karen Baker (my Aunt) and Dorothy Washer (my Nan) who all contributed their personal stories to create the show.
★★★★ “Her writing is so thoughtful and delicate… a show which is full of light, celebrating the rarest qualities of being human” THE SCOTSMAN
★★★★★ “A narrative masterpiece with a philosophical focus” FRINGE BISCUIT
★★★★★ “Powerful Theatre… an intimate, raw performance that is etched with love” EVENTALAIDE
★★★★★ THIS IS RADELAIDE
★★★★★ “Andrews is open and genuine, it is impossible not to like her… She unravels a world, or, her world rather, and draws the audience in so deeply that you will find yourself thinking of the people in her story as your own people too” WITHIN HER WORDS
★★★★ “A show of quiet, fragile magic... [Andrews is] a disarmingly informal performer... Blending personal storytelling with philosophical reflections on the need for human kindness” THE LIST
★★★★★ Within Her Words
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ “A profound place of vulnerability... completely enchanting” EDINBURGH GUIDE
★★★★ “Each centimetre is marked by the labour of love” ED FEST MAG
★★★★ “A unique experience that leaves one both heartbroken & incredibly privileged to have taken part” THREE WEEKS
★★★★ “Eliciting giggles as well as tears through poetic language and relaxed delivery” SPY IN THE STALLS
Alongside this project I am working in partnership with Worldwide Breast Cancer and Coppafeel! to raise awareness of everything there is to know about breast self-examination. The goal is to empower people with the information they need to help catch breast cancer early. Using the private space of the Archive I run the #KnowYourLemons booth, created in collaboration with Worldwide Breast Cancer: it is a free non-ticketed invitation for any member of the public to have a private space to be led step-by-step through a breast examination by a custom created voiceover from Worldwide Breast Cancer.
The Archive will also be supporting the "Emma Cairns Bursary", a bursary scheme providing students facing financial difficulties a place on the Ufton Drama Summer School, where Emma taught between 1996 - 2016. This summer school is at the heart of why I began writing and making theatre, and I couldn't imagine a more fitting way to thank Emma for being a part of "The Archive". Reflecting the core ethos of the Summer School and mirroring some of Emma's most admirable qualities, of integrity, honesty and fairness, the bursaries are available for any students who feel that they are unable to meet the cost of a course and who require some financial assistance. Alumni include: Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country, The Durrels, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Crown, Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders, Riot Club), Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn, Blue Stockings, Thomas Tallis, The Secret Garden), David Colbourn (Sherlock, Doctors), Nicola Cutcher (Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad, Panorama, News Night, Dumbshow Theatre)... and me!