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Voices from the Edge – a Festival of Solo Theatre

| Theatre, Uncategorized | 09/09/2014

Face to Face
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The third Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre “Voices from the Edge” is coming to LOST Theatre, featuring 45 solo performances over six evenings this October. Last night was the festival’s launch; six varied and enticing exerts from six talented performers, which had the audience eagerly participating from the start. Covering topics from baking and cheer leading through to the imperfect and the Doctor himself, both the content and the tone of the performances promises to be richly varied.

The evening started with a thought-provoking piece about the loneliness of a child who is not loved. The narrative of Claire Dowie’s Adult Child/Dead Child bounced around the auditorium, the six actors having sat disguised as audience members as the audience proper entered. The actors took turns explaining what it is like to be unloved, to have no love, to have no words to describe the feeling of hurt and thus to be all the more trapped in that feeling.

Next up was gemskii’s Meal Ticket. Gemskii’s character is instantly likeable as she bounds on stage in her cheerleader outfit, brandishing pom-poms and showing off the benefits of American dental care. After convincing us that she is an endearing if scatter-brained American from Ohio, she reveals her other persona, straight faced and English, encouraging her alter-ego to tell the audience the truth about her life.

The Pyramids of Margate followed. Written and performed by Martin Stewart, this was the performance to which I laughed the longest and the loudest. The sketch follows his protagonist’s attempts to woo the Polish Girl from accounts by calling upon his Dr Who infatuation. Stewart’s expressive face and hopelessly nerdy-come-affable persona was impossible not to thoroughly enjoy, as we traveled through a brief history of contemporary science fiction.

The tone of Peta Lily’s Imperfection was perhaps the most abstract of the evening as she accompanied her poetry with the ringing of tiny symbols. One of the shorter exerts, we are left wishing she had unpacked her work just a little bit more. Nonetheless, an interesting piece to return to in October.

The penultimate piece sees Deirdre Strath put forward her belief that she can bake her way to world peace. Tottering on stage in high heels, a spotty blue 50’s dress and sporting a cocktail in one hand, a cake stand in the other, Betty is at the junction where Stepford Housewives meets Bake Off. Betty has to Go Now explores Betty’s following of her name-sake’s baking bible as she gradually turns to drink.

The evening ended with Peter Hammill’s The Fall of the House of Usher performed by Jamie West. Proud owner of a Britain’s Best Busker award and a pork pie hat, West’s sublime tenor voice accompanies his accomplished piano playing excellently.

With taste buds more than adequately titillated and the promise of another 39 acts to accompany the evenings six captions, October at LOST Theatre is set to be an exciting month for innovative theatre.

Voices from the Edge is coming to LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JU from the 6th-11th October until.  For tickets call 02077 206897

 

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