Penn Theatre Ensemble Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities)



What do you look for when you rifle through the remains of history: the truth or yourself? Danielle Bainbridge’s play follows an obsessive young researcher’s journey to uncover the true story of conjoined twins Millie-Christine McKoy, 19th-century African Americans, former slaves and freak-show celebrities. Toggling between the McKoys’ lives and the researcher’s pop-culture fixations, Curio takes us from lecture halls to musical sideshow performances, visiting classic American sitcoms and game shows along the way. This two-woman play explores how we can long for and love a past that continues to make us so sick.

This show was part of our 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Programme