Three weeks to the festival!

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Hello friends.

OK – come on – it is just over three weeks to the festival!

Some of you may be aware that we failed to reach the funding target. That meant we had to stop and rethink the size, shape and scale of the festival.

That took a bit of time, to re-organise and re-group. But we are there now and the festival is in great shape – more compact, perhaps with a slightly more local slant than last year and very much more creative. It’s looking and feeling great.

If you missed the performances last year and haven’t seen Solo Theatre before I invite you to come and see … if you were part of the festival last year please come back and support us again (and bring a friend or two!).

What I love, and what I have found, is that in Solo theatre the actor puts her or his own experiences at the forefront of their performance. (Some people refer to this genre as Performance of Possibility).

Through researching, writing and rehearsing, choosing characters, devising a theatrical piece and finally delivering your performance, you get to discover possibilities in past-happenings – events and conversations – that contain possibilities that may have long since been forgotten, overlooked or neglected.

You craft a story to share that inspires you personally and liberates you from stuck places in the past and from ideas that constrain you in the present.

My favourite metaphor is that the process is like a pilgrimage – a sacred journey of discovery and surrender.

And the paradox is, that like a spiritual pilgrimage, the more personal and authentic it is, the more it becomes a universal experience and everyone involved can identify and discover new ideas, possibilities and perspectives for themselves.

It’s a special experience and a special kind of theatre.

We are now at the stage (no pun intended) of looking for a few more people to lend a hand. We could really use a stage manager – someone who could handle lights, sound, props – very simple stuff, but it’s great to know there is someone who is willing to be accountable for that side of things.

Last year Briane from Canada handled all that and it made a huge difference; likewise a catering coordinator – again simple not complicated, Grace and Fred did an awesome job at the last festival; and a few people to be “front of house” assistants handling arrivals, tickets, money before the shows. We had a great team last year.

In return of course you will have access to the performances.

If any of these are you please drop me an e-mail and let me know.

I’m aware that there are people who aren’t on my e-mail list that you might know, and some of you have great local networks, so please pass on this information. It will also be on Facebook – the event is listed at:

and there’s more to look at on

Please ‘like’ the pages as it helps promote the event and here on the Nearly Real Theatre website.

There will be performances each evening, three introductory workshops culminating in the option of offering a short showing of your “work in progress” on Sunday afternoon; there will also be a round table open discussion with performers and teachers over brunch.

The workshops will be £12.50 each , performances £5.00 each evening or afternoon, and a season ticket for everything £50.00, which is about a 25% discount.

The programme as it stands should be online tomorrow night (about 10.00pm).

Let me know if you are coming and want tickets – you will also be able to purchase on the door.

Meantime here are the details:


Ashprington Village Hall
Devon TQ9 7XA

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New dates

Thursday 3rd July: evening
Friday 4th July: 10 am – 10 pm
Saturday 5th July: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday 6th July: 10 am – 5 pm

The Programme

View Nearly Real Theatre Festival 2014 programme

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