Sell-out Ed Fringe show MIGHTY comes to VAULT Fest 2020
Have you ever used the term ‘small man syndrome’? Do you have a minimum height setting on your dating app? Have you ever made fun of someone for being small?
After selling out at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and a hit show at last year’s Camden People’s Theatre’s Handle with Care Festival, MIGHTY comes to VAULT Festival 2020 4-9 Feb, 6pm (+3pm Sunday matinee) in a show tackling heightism head on.
“I grew up very complacent about people taking me less seriously or giving me a hard time because of my height, my ex girlfriend was slightly taller than me and at weddings and parties taller men often found it funny to denigrate me because of it,” Britton explains.
“I started researching the show as I was interested in the culture of heightism and what effect it has had. I never expected to fall so deep into the rabbit hole. There are some shocking statistics around height, wage, relationships and mental health as well as a clear disdain of shorter men amongst online trolls. With all this discovered, I felt like the topic deserved some exploration and exposure.”
Statistically there is a 1.8 percent increase in wages that accompanies every additional inch of height for men (1), 90% of CEOs are above average height (2) and, according to one study, shorter me are twice as likely to commit suicide (3).
Britton’s previous shows 1.9, exploring his teenage love of parkour and I Used to Hear Footsteps, investigating the ghost story of his childhood home, have led to sell-out shows across the UK and critical acclaim from The Scotsman and Exeunt Magazine.
“In my solo work I generally start with something autobiographical and use that as a window into a much broader subject matter. I think the best way to approach solo work for me is to mine a personal connection to the subject matter, not only does this give you agency to discuss the topic it also means you’re emotionally invested in the work, which I’m sure is more interesting for an audience to see.”
MIGHTY is the culmination of two years’ work, supported by Curve Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and The Pleasance. Delving into masculinity, body image and mental health, Britton – a five foot five man – offers a powerful and provocative play asking the big (or little) question; should we be taking heightism more seriously?
MIGHTY is on 4-9 February, 6pm (+3pm matinee Sun 9 Feb) as part of VAULT Festival 2020. Tickets are available here.