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Last time Katie O’Brien last brought her comedy show to The Old Electric it was her birthday. Clad in a glitzy dress, she handed guests birthday cake and served them soft drinks on arrival.

It was all fun and games, to begin with, much like her own story, which played out in her one-woman show that evening.

Catch 22 Years told her story of drug abuse and recovery, cut through with biting humour and a deeply confessional tone. That was a year ago and the show has evolved since then, now renamed Clean at 17. It’s a cuttingly funny, brutally honest and provocative, one-woman show tackling the taboo of addiction. Katie quit drugs and alcohol before she was legally allowed to drink and now, as she approaches another birthday, she reflects on it once again at The Old Electric, on 8th October.

Garry Cook, who brought the show to Lancashire Fringe Festival as a work-in-progress last time, said:
“Katie is one of the best actors I have ever seen perform. In character, she is totally believable. And here that character is her younger self.

“Katie is able to discuss the difficult issues around addiction in not just an honest and tender way but, at times, also in a devastatingly funny way which will make you laugh like you’ve never laughed before.”

Inspired by Katie’s real-life experience and her two decade love-hate relationship with the 12-Step programme, Clean At 17 challenges pre-conceptions about addiction, recovery and the quest for self-acceptance.

Tickets are just £7. Buy them here. And read Claire Griffith’s review of Katie’s last visit here.

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