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City of Angels #DramatherapistAtTheTheatre

Stine is a writer. He has been noticed by big shot Hollywood producer Buddy and offered a three movie deal to write the screenplay turning his novels into movies. The Novels are about Stone, a private detective trying to solve cases and navigate his complex love life. I love this musical. I love the cleverness which parallels the fictional novel universe of Stone with the life of the writer Stine, with many of the protagonists and events he writes about […]

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How It Feels To Remember by Erica Hedge and Daniella Budd at BADth Conference

There were four choices for performances we could attend on the Friday night of the BADth Conference. I had been attracted to this one as I was interested in how pre-verbal trauma could be worked with. We had been told in the blurb that: “Often the events that shape us happen to us before we even have the language to re-tell and make sense of our stories. One of the questions we are most commonly asked by parents and care […]

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The Jailers Daughter by UnDisposables #DramatherapistAtTheTheatre

Reality TV is a guilty pleasure for many of us. Love Island, Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity – the idea of watching other people navigate life in a confined space is a big rating hit. Who is being genuine? Who will fall in love? Who will fight? Will they fail the task? Who will you vote for? This is the setting for the Jailer’s Daughter. The story is inspired by Two Noble Kinsmen by Shakespeare and Fletcher; Prince Palamon is […]

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Zombie Zoo

Dominic McHale and Kevin Short star in Zombie Zoo, a story about a man trying to interrogate a zombie who has maintained a small slice of humanity. Can the zoo keeper negotiate with the zombie? Do zombies make deals? Does this zombie remember who he was before? Does he have the key to stop the zombie invasion? Zombie’s are a recurring horror within fiction and popular culture, from Frankestein to Michale Jackson’s Thriller to Shaun of The Dead. A zombie is a reanimated […]

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Collapsible #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Collapsible is a brilliant one woman play by Margaret Perry produced by High Tide and Ellie Keel. Esther has just lost her job and recently broken up with her girlfriend. “I feel like a chair… like one of those folding chairs, you know?… Those collapsible chairs. Solid one minute and then.” Collapsible by Margaret Perry She asks her friends and family to describe her in a word or phrase and makes a list of her qualities to share at interviews. […]

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Moonbird #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Orla is the silent prince. Born deaf, his parents can not understand why he does not respond to his own name and ask “What are we doing wrong?” When they find out he is deaf they search for a cure. Orla is poked and prodded and shouted at; He is frustrated but he is still deaf. His parents despair “He is such an angry child; he should at least be trying.” The moonbird comes to try to teach the parents […]

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Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

In 2017 there were 597 deaths from homelessness. At least 235 people affected by homelessness have died between January and June 2019 – an average of one every 19 hours. (https://museumofhomelessness.org/2019/08/14/shocking-new-statistics-the-dying-homeless-project/ ) Statistics can be shocking but they are rarely moving. Personal stories of homeless people are rarely told because who would tell them? Cardboard Citizens work with Homeless people in the UK and have collected six stories to tell in this play. Vernon Vanriel, a Windrush generation boxer Tomek, […]

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Isma Almas: About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Isma Alma is a lesbian, Muslim, British-Asian. Isma is married to a woman and together they decided to adopt. In this stand up comedy routine, Isma shares some stories from her own life and what lessons she has taken into the journey to become an adopted mother. Isma has sometimes been discriminated against for being Muslim and also for being gay. As part of the adoption assessment she was asked if she planned to join Isis. Once approved she was […]

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Chris Mcglade: Forgiveness #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Chris is a Northern comedian with working man’s club style of humour. A few years ago his father was murdered. In this comedy show, Chris recounts stories about his father; good and bad. Events from his life, events from his death and court trial, and the impact all this had on his own life after; harrowing material for a comedian. Two of the biggest lessons Chris learnt from his dad are: Laughter Forgiveness Chris grapples with both of these in […]

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Lucy McCormick: Post Popular #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Lucy McCormick is looking for strong female role models; the kind who can be her hero, the kind who are inspiring. Luckily she has the whole of history to search for them. Unluckily most stories from history are about men and where there are stories about women they may meet unhappy endings. None the less, Lucy commences her (mostly) chronological exploration of the feminine, starting with Eve and then romping through Boudica, Florence Nightingale, Anne Boleyn and the Suffragettes. In […]

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