To find out more about Festival 47 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.
Next up in our Spotlight feature is Bridle, which plays Festival 47 from 11 July 2017 at 21:30. I caught up with writer and actor Stephanie Martin:
Describe your show in three words.
Enveloping, Rebellious and Explicit.
Tell us a bit more about your production company.
We’re a new production company and we’re excited and determined, New voices and perspectives, clamouring to be heard. Clamour means a loud uproar; a vehement expression of desire. This is new theatre from the margins. We’re currently working on Bridle; Joy – a coming of age story exploring learning disability, featuring actors with and without learning disabilities; and Bathsheba – a play about escorting, not getting married, a Mars Bar and a man called Roger.
We’re all about new perspectives and questioning the way things are.
Is this your first time at the King’s Head?
Yes it is, I admire the varied and quality programme of the King’s Head having seen so many different things over the years.
Who else in the festival programme are you most excited about?
Who are your inspirations to continue making theatre?
We love writers like Phoebe Éclair Powell, Ella Hickson and Jon Brittain, poets like Emily Dickinson, as well as companies such as RashDash. We love shows such as Chewing Gum, Drifters and Fleabag. I’m also inspired by all the colourful and mad people I’ve met (and who will no longer speak to me after seeing all my plays, as they feature so heavily). I also love Victoria Wood. Forever.
What are the future plans for your show?
We’re currently confirming details for a full length production of Joy directed by Stephen Unwin in October 2017, as well as future dates for Bridle and Bathsheba in 2018.
What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?
I loved Rotterdam and The Ferryman.
Writer/ Actor: Stephanie Martin
Director: Chloe Doherty
Producer: Sarah Bradnum and Claire Cartwright for Clamour
Bridle plays King’s Head Theatre as part of Festival 47 from 11 – 16 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.