Trying out my next Edinburgh show 2mrw in London
I am performing part of my next solo theatre show The Singing Psychic at the Lost Theatre on July 8th and also July 13th so I took the opportunity to interview Colin Watkeys, the director and curator. blog and podcast link
My show is based on an idea I had four years ago but I tried out 8 minutes of it in April at the Tristan Bates theatre and the audience made enough encouraging noises that I decided to then develop more of it. This is mainly new material around the same idea, the next 15 minutes as it were so it will be interesting to see how it goes in front of a bigger audience. The plan is to develop it enough and take it to Edinburgh Festival in 2015. I have done 2 solo shows before at Edinburgh but this one is the first written far in advance and I am hoping to get some funding behind it as well as making a short film version as well.
I have done something like 25 screen projects, 2 plays plus some live singing at the Royal Festival Hall and also at the Tristan Bates theatre and elsewhere over the past 15 months so it will be nice to get back in front of a live audience, especially with my own new material 😉
Over the past 30 years, Face to Face Theatre Festival Director Colin Watkeys has specialised in producing and directing solo theatre and writers who perform their own work from Ken Campbell to Claire Dowie.. He is now part of a world movement that recognises that solo performance possesses a unique quality of vision in theatre.
I asked Colin for one piece of advice to anyone who wants to write and develop a show and he said
‘Character. Character and narrative. Narrative is the character and the character is the narrative. Don’t try to manipulate anything, don’t try to put words into their mouths. Get to know the character and their narrative and it writes itself.
Colin worked a lot with Ken Campbell, director, writer, actor including A Fish Called Wanda imdb link here) and comic who loved creating it there and then, he called it ‘real acting’
Ken Campbell used to say
‘The script’s there for a bad day when the geezer is not there, but when the geezer is actually there you just let go, you just do it’
This current project is part of a ten week workshop which culminates in performance on Tuesday July 8th from myself and seven other great storytellers. I am also performing on Sunday 13th July as my character in the One to One projects: you can meet each of the performers separately, one audience member to one performer, you can meet each of the Helen’s, Clare Dowie is doing Dylan song tarot card readings, there is a verbatim artist and I am doing readings as my character The Singing Psychic. Plus a sound installation in the theatre.
My world premiere of live readings is very scary but I think will be a lot of fun. @singpsychic
Come along and see us!
Tuesday 8 July at 7.30pm
New Work from Exciting New Performers including: Martin Stewart;; Ayesha Casely Hayford;; Marysia Trembecka;; Mass Lindsay;; Lesley Wilson;; Tom Bland;; Lola Kotey and Madlena Nedeva.
Sunday 13 July from 2.00pm – 8.00pm
Do you dare spend time alone with an artist ? Experience a variety of encounters over the course of an extraordinary hour. One-to-one experiences on offer feature Claire Dowie’s Dylan Tarot;; In Your Dreams;; The Helen Projec␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣Half Baked … and a main house theatre installation from Greece: Olga Pozeli’s I Remember. Eight tickets are available each hour at 2.00pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 6.00pm and 7.00pm
The Third Face to Face Festival
“New Shoots” 8 - 13 July
LOST Theatre 208 Wandsworth Road London SW8 2JU
www.solotheatrefestival.co.uk all tickets £5.00 + booking fee online no booking fee if bought in person
Nearest tube: Stockwell & Vauxhall ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣
Bus: 77, 87, 196, P5, N87
More information about the Festival
The LOST Theatre and Colin Watkeys present
The Third Face to Face Festival
A celebration of the best of new Solo Theatre
“New Shoots” 8 – 13 July
The Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre enters its third year at LOST Theatre in south London, with “New Shoots”, a week-long celebration from 8 - 13 July of new performers, new performances and new ideas.