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Louise Dearman (Daisy Hilton) and Laura Pitt-Pulford (Violet Hilton) in SIDE SHOW. Photo C



Southwark Playhouse

Inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about love, acceptance and embracing the unique.

The Hilton Sisters make ends meet playing a headline act at a seedy side show, languishing under the rule of an oppressive ringmaster. But when spotted by a talent agent, they are thrust into the spotlight of the famed 1920’s Orpheum Circuit. They soon become the highest paid vaudeville stars of their time, but whilst Daisy relishes the spotlight, Violet wishes for a quiet life with a man she loves, and who loves her. Can they balance their individual dreams with their inescapable physical connection? Side Show is a heartwarming search for first love and acceptance, amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight.

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"Side Show casts a darkly insinuating and deeply compelling spell....thanks to fine-tuned performances from Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford … (Violet and Daisy Hilton) are brought to heartbreaking life.”

Mark Shenton, The Stage


"In Louise Dearman as Daisy, who longs for a Hollywood career, and Laura Pitt-Pulford as the quieter, more introspective Violet, it has two actors who mine every nuance of feeling. Both are exceptional as they negotiate Daisy and Violet’s differing desires and a cruel world that either treats them as a single entity or wants to tear them apart through medical intervention.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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