A celebration of solo autobiographical theatre

Nearly Real Theatre Festival 2015 - performers

Note the dates

Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 July 2015

Nearly Real Theatre Festival 2015 dates

Venue

Ashprington Village Hall, Orchard Close, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7XA, United Kingdom

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Executive producers

David Lerman and Shelley Wallock.

Sponsor

Nearly Real Theatre Festival 2015 is sponsored by Heart & Soul Funerals, 7 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN, United Kingdom.

Heart & Soul Funerals, Totnes, UK

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Programme

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Thursday 9 July

Friday 10 July

Saturday 11 July

Sunday 12 July

Thursday 9 July

Running order and approximate timings

6.30 Doors open

Bar and snacks

7.00 Welcome

7.15 Katie Whitehouse

7.25 Agata Krajewska

8.00 Katie Whitehouse

8.10 Tobias Kaye

8.40 Interval: bar and snacks

9.00 Katie Whitehouse

9.10 Mandy Cuthbert

9.45 Katie Whitehouse

10.00 Complete the evening

Bar and snacks

Katie Whitehouse

Katie Whitehouse

Songs From Silence

A selection of autobiographical songs from Totnes songwriter Katie Whitehouse

www.ktwhitehouse.co.uk

“Lovely songs beautifully performed.” Boo Hewerdine

“Katie is a true poet and story teller in song. Her songs vary in subject matter wonderfully – from astonishingly intimate glances into what seems like a deeply personal world to witty, jaunty observations about all kinds of people and situations. Each is a window on a world, told with a poetic, congruent skill that sounds as easy as falling off a log. It’s not. Katie is fast becoming a master of her craft.” Julian Marshall

“Katie’s voice has a vulnerable, human quality which suits her straight-from-the-heart lyrics. Yet she also uses melody in a charming varied way, so the songs are also playful.”  Elizabeth Winkler

“I love Katie’s voice … expertly structured, fascinating and delightful songs.”  Reg Meuross

Agata Krajewska

Agata Krajewska

The Art of Letting Go
How Solo is created

Agata is going to explore some of the dynamics and challenges of creating Solo. In her words:

What it’s like to create something: the initial excitement of an idea, how it changes, all the ups and downs along the way, getting stuck, what it means to be identified with being an artist, having to let it go, and then re-emerging. The whole thing of identity that gets created and challenged along the way and needing to let go of fixed ideas about the project again and again.

Agata’s website: Living with Presence

Tobias Kaye

Tobias Kaye

For the first time we welcome Tobias Kaye as a performer. In previous years Tobias has supported the festival as a member of the audience. This year he takes to the boards.

Working with Tobias in the Solo group this year has been a unique experience. He brings a level of spontaneity, authenticity and depth to his writing and his improvisations that I find unrivalled.

Mandy Cuthbert

Mandy Cuthbert

Dolly the Tea Lady

Mandy returns with more from her alter ego Dolly Tuttle and her trolley of songs – witty, sometimes poignant , even entertaining, Dolly gives her observations on her life and the world around us – which, whilst they have a tenuous connection to the autobiographical, are mostly dollybiographical!

Mandy started her working life as an actress, including playing the lead in Tom Stoppard’s West End production of  ‘Dirty Linen’, and Molly Purcell in the BBC’s original version of ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. She then spent ten years in TV, writing, presenting and producing programmes, including her children’s programme ‘Fun Factory’, where Dolly first started life as an occasional walk-on.   Moving to Devon, Mandy was an AA Roadwatch broadcaster with Radio Devon, and worked as an editor with the environmental publisher Green Books, as well as co-writing several short ‘how to’ books on environmental issues. She is part of the spoken word group’ Visible Ink’, which raises money for good causes, and continues to develop writing projects for performance.

Friday 10 July

Running order and approximate timings

6.30 Doors open

Bar and snacks

7.00 Welcome

7.15 Jenny Dainton

8.00 Emily Faircloth

8.40 Interval: bar and snacks

9.00 Mo Cohen

9.50 Complete the evening

10.00 Bar and snacks

Jenny Dainton

Jenny Dainton

Jenny 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

Emily Faircloth

Emily will perform episodes from her life from curious angles and perspectives.

Mo Cohen

Mo Cohen

Moksha

Moksha is a Sanskrit word meaning liberation, self realization and self knowledge.

Mo says, “My show is about the questions I am grappling with now; about the discoveries I am making about myself as an artist and the possibility for me to be free to express myself as an artist.”

Read more about Mo’s new show

Saturday 11 July

Running order and approximate timings

6.30 Doors open

Bar and snacks

7.00 Welcome

7.15 Mark Bedford

8.15 Interval: bar and snacks

8.35 Jason Burns

9.40 Complete the evening

10.00 Bar and snacks

Mark Bedford

Mark Bedford

Journeys there and back again

Mark is a storyteller on a journey to discover who he really is. This performance is a series of milestones along the path of a life. Rites of passage, work, love and awakening are the themes of this exploration.

“I have been many things in the course of my life, seeker, performer, traveller, teacher and yet I have discovered I am none of these but essentially something far more magical. I am very moved by the essential question in self enquiry: Who am I? In the performance I am exploring what I was told I should be, what I tried to be become but never felt I quite made it, what it is to be a spiritual seeker and what is the longing and realisation at the heart of it all.”

Jason Burns

Jason Burns

A Part & Apart of ‘Me’

“My piece takes me back to childhood, to early adulthood, and to the time when I discovered love, and peace within myself; a stillness that has allowed me to triumph, grow and flourish, within a community of kindred souls.

I’m going to entertain, rouse, shock, sadden, and maybe inspire my audience, in particular, my birth family (most particularly my daughter, for whom, immediately after me, this is for), and my community family.”

Jason is a social worker, helping foster carers look after children in care—children likely to have been neglected and traumatised.
He was born in Devon and has lived in Totnes for 20 years. He will have just turned 45 by the time of his performance.
Jason lives with his wife, Jo, teenage daughter Ruby, and two step-daughters, Jess and Meg, both in their twenties.
Read more about Jason

 

Sunday 12 July

Approximate timings

2.00 Doors open

Bar and snacks

2.30 Welcome

2.45 Interactive theatre part 1: Crafting a short show

3.30 Interval: bar and snacks

3.45 Interactive theatre part 2: Performances by those who wish to do so

4.30 Complete the afternoon

5.00 Bar and snacks

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.

Further programme information coming soon.

Tickets

Tickets cost £8.00 per person per show.

Two tickets: £15.00

Five or more tickets: £5.00 each.

Please book your tickets in advance from Mo Cohen. Go to Contact page

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