2015 Festival | Update 5

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3rd Solo Autobiographical Theatre Festival

Venue: Ashprington Village Hall, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7XA, UK | View map

Dates: 9 July – 12 July 2015.

Doors open at 6.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Sunday matinee: 2.00pm.

There will be a theatre bar serving drinks and light refreshments.

We are very grateful to be sponsored again this year by our friends at Heart & Soul Funerals.

Tickets on the door: £8.00 each

Tickets in advance: £8.00 single; 2 for £15.00; 5 or more for a fiver each (call Mo on 07838 196628)

Tickets can now be bought at Harlequin Books, 41 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NP (opposite Market Square).

View full programme

Dear Solo Festival Friends,

Hello again.

The Festival is approaching and things are definitely hotting up.

On Thursday night I had the privilege of being at our first full “table read”

Table read is the acting term used when the actors get together, round a table, for a read through. It’s an important milestone in the production of the show. The writing is finished, and in a way it’s the first time the script takes on a life all of its own. It’s a chance to notice what works, what’s missing, what fits and what doesn’t.

As the performer you get first sight into what the performance might look and feel like as it moves from the page to the stage. Real problems can be ironed out; you notice which ideas carry and which fall flat. In solo you see if you have too many themes or too many words. All in all it’s a pretty big event.

And ours was huge!

We heard three of the performances and, if my observation is accurate, I think the readers/writers/actors were blown away by what they had prepared. These were good! We gave each other feedback about what and where to trim, tuck, tailor. We came up with ideas for props and stage sets. It was a vibrant and inspiring conversations…

And you are going to love it.

Here’s the programme again, updated.

Thursday 9 July

Doors open at 6.30pm.

Katie Whitehouse will be performing some autobiographical songs throughout the evening. Agata Krajewska’s show will be different from her previous two shows and will explore some aspects of her life that she hasn’t touched on before. And for the first time we welcome Tobias Kaye as a performer. Tobias has supported the festival from the audience previously and this year he takes to the boards. Working with Tobias in the Solo group this years has been a unique experience. He brings a level of spontaneity, authenticity and depth to his writing and his improvisations that I find unrivalled. The plan is that he uses these qualities in his performance.

Friday 10 July

Doors open at 6.30pm.

Jenny Dainton will tell the story of her art and her own ancestors, woven with tales of exile emigration and the story of Rachel who worked in the sweat shops of the Lower East Side at the turn of the century;  Emily Faircloth will perform episodes from her life from curious angles and perspectives and Mo Cohen is resurrecting his show about the impact of displacement, prejudice, trauma and war

Saturday 11 July

Doors open at 6.30pm.

Mark Bedford and Jason Burn will perform. Mark is a master storyteller and when we saw what he had prepared we were mesmerized. Jason’s show is a story of triumph. This will be one hell of a night!

Sunday 12 July

Matinee: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This consists of a unique audience participation performance. We all have a story to tell come along and tell parts of yours, listen to parts of other people’s and share in the creation of a community narrative.

Would you like to help?

If you can lend a hand with the bar, front of house, stage management I would be grateful … let me know either by email or call on 07838 196628.

Finally, a request: please pass on the word!

if you have friends who you think would like to see this kind of theatre let them know; if you use Facebook or Twitter please post or tweet. If you are able to let people on your own email list know I would be very grateful.

Nearly Real Theatre Festival 2015: full programme

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