Ella Hickson’s Hot Mess is a dark, lyrical play about twins who share a single heart, examining contemporary society's paradoxical need for emotional connection and sex without emotional investment. It was first performed at the Hawke & Hunter Below Stairs Nightclub, Edinburgh, on 6 August 2010, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Twins Polo and Twitch were born with only one heart between them. Twitch was the lucky recipient and therefore cannot stop falling in love. Polo, on the other hand, is literally heartless – a cold and clinical creature who shies away from intimacy of any kind. As they return to the island of their birth for their twenty-fifth birthdays, they meet up with Twitch’s new American boyfriend, Billy, and her feisty best friend, Jacks, for a night on the town and some trips down memory lane.
The premiere production was directed by Ella Hickson with Gwendolen Chatfield as Twitch, Michael Whitham as Polo, Kerri Hall as Jacks and Solomon Mousley as Billy.