My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

Tue 13th Jun - Sat 17th Jun 2017

Bella Heesom’s debut play is part true story, part farcical performance lecture. It tells a deeply personal story of loss and love, through a darkly comic 17-step guide to bereavement. Mixing tender intimacy and unflinching honesty with hard-hitting philosophy, clownish silliness and an enchanting live piano score, it takes the audience on a powerful emotional journey, shot through with jet black comedy.

Performed by Bella Heesom and Eva Alexander and directed by Olivier Award-winning Donnacadh O’Briain (Rotterdam by Jon Brittain and Always Orange by Fraser Grace at the RSC), the show is touring nationally following a critically acclaimed run at Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and a Highly Commended transfer to VAULT Festival 2017.

‘Sublime’ ★★★★★ TO DO LIST
‘Profound and stunning’ ★★★★★ ED FEST MAGAZINE
‘Breathtakingly beautiful’ ★★★★★ VIEWS FROM THE GODS
‘Unflinchingly brave’ ★★★★★ EDINBURGH SPOTLIGHT
‘Funny, energetic, profound and heartbreaking’ ★★★★ THREE WEEKS
‘Funny, charming, absurd, and very poignant. Highly recommended.’ ★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

Post-Show Discussion
Wednesday 14th June, 8.45pm, free with a ticket to the show
David Lockwood, Director of The Bike Shed, will host a Q&A with writer and performer Bella Heesom and performer and musician Eva Alexander after this evening’s performance of My World Has Exploded A Little Bit. Join us to find out more about their experience of making autobiographical theatre, working with Olivier Award-winning director and dramaturg Donnacadh O’Briain, and finding comedy in tragedy.


Audience Reactions

Women! Share your stories!
Writer and performer of My World Has Exploded A Little Bit, Bella Heesom, is holding a day of interviews with women as part of the research for her new play celebrating female sexuality: Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself. Book a time on Thursday 15th June for a candid, confidential, and non-judgemental chat, and help make theatre dominated by the female gaze by emailing

Alternatively, share your stories anonymously online:

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Death Cafe

Bella’s running a special death cafe in Exeter while she’s here. See the details here:

Death Cafe


Supported with public funding from Arts Council England

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