Made In China present


  • Conceived, written and performed by Jess Latowicki. Dramaturg Tim Cowbury
  • 26 February 2020 - 29 February 2020
  • The Studio

We’re all starring in the movie of our life.

Day by day, selfie after selfie, post after post. Papering over the cracks of whatever darkness lies beneath. It’s exhausting. You deserve a break.

So settle back in your seat. Bask in the glow of the big screen. See the heroine smile out at you, all dewy-eyed, as the camera zooms in. And in. And in. Get set for a rollercoaster ride through the anxieties of an unsettlingly ordinary woman’s existence.

Razor sharp innovators Made In China make an eagerly anticipated return following the “breathtakingly subversive” ★★★★ Double Double Act (Time Out), “murderously entertaining” ★★★★ Tonight I’m Gonna Be The New Me (The Guardian) and “marvellously unusual” ★★★★ Gym Party (The Times).

Super Duper Close Up tells the story of a 21st century woman’s journey through a labyrinth of click-bait and pop cliché and via an infinite stream of frozen pouts and desperate smiles.

An explosion of live film-making, hypnotic movement and looping memoir fiction, it asks: what’s a girl to do? How is everything so perfect yet coming apart at the seams? And whose damned fault is it? Drenched in the fake light of a thousand insta-filters, Super Duper Close Up flutters its eyelids at you and howls its furious questions at the moon. And of course, at you.

Are you ready for your close-up?


Commissioned by Cambridge Junction, The Yard, and Theatre in the Mill. Supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Theatre Deli.

Photos by John Hunter at RULER

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATE & TIME: Wednesday 26, Thursday 27, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7.30pm

    POST SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 27 February

    TICKET INFORMATION: Adults £13 / £11 Concessions / £7 Under 26s and Student tickets available


    RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes (no interval)

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  • Creative Team
  • CREATOR & PERFORMER: Jess Latowicki
    DRAMATURG: Tim Cowbury
    CAMERA OPERATOR & PERFORMER: Valentina Formenti
    MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN: Tom Parkinson
    DESIGN: Emma Bailey
    VIDEO DESIGN: Mikaela Liakata
    LIGHTING DESIGN: Alex Fernandes
    CHOREOGRAPHER: Irene Cioni
    PRODUCER: Beckie Darlington

  • Related Events
  • POST SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 27 February

  • Super Duper Close Up | trailer from Made In China on Vimeo.

  • ‘This is a show with an exterior that glistens and twinkles like a Faberge egg, but its insides are filled with a swirling molten pool of sadness and rage.’ ★★★★ The Stage

    ‘They have pioneered a new way to articulate the hidden sources of our insecurities, and have transformed them into something that is witty, visually striking and politically engaged.’ ★★★★★ Spy in the Stalls

    ‘a controlled and painstakingly crafted intensity that never fails to hold your attention’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

    ‘an angry, delicate, glitzy and agonising attack on the gendered misrepresentation that exists within society’ ★★★★ Broadway World

    ‘Jess Latowicki has some sort of violent and messy line-of-sight into the back of my brain and it's very uncomfortable’ ★★★★ The Panoptic

    ‘funny, perceptive, stylish, smart’ Time Out

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