SYMPHONY last leg: rocking Soho Theatre, sending audiences home singing

Well it's been an amazing journey for SYMPHONY, which began as a small commission to create a theatre show for outdoor festivals in 2012, and has gone on to be seen by more audiences in more places than we had ever imagined. After our Fringe run this summer, and our short UK tour visiting various venues in the south east, Edinburgh, and Birmingham (where we also chucked in a deliciously dark Halloween Arts Club), we have rounded things off with a run at Soho Theatre in the ever-so-fitting downstairs cabaret bar. The London run finishes this Sun 30th Nov, so this week is your last chance to catch the show that has been delighting audiences around the country. If you're after a good dose of festival vibes to warm up your winter, this is the one for you. Just look at how audiences have been reacting to it - here's just a small selection of the amazing responses we've been getting:

audience quotes

And if you need any more persuading, check out the trailer featuring the amazing Katie Elin-Salt singing one of the show's original songs composed by Ed Gaughan.

Tickets can be booked here.


New writing at the Arts Club... Luke Barnes

To add to the new writing delights of SYMPHONY at the Arts Club, we are also pleased to present... PLUMS - a brand new short play by Luke Barnes Directed by Jamie Jackson

A small town love story about firewomen and Frankie & Bennies.

Luke is a writer for theatre and Television. He is currently writer-on-attachment to Liverpool Everyman Playhouse and Soho Theatre. His work is published by Oberon Books. This is his first work with nabokov.

As director, Jamie's credits as director include Bangin' Wolves (Bush Theatre Attic), CoalEaters (Theatre 503), From Where I'm Standing (Underbelly, Edinburgh), I'll Fix It Later (Soho Theatre Upstairs), Around The House (Ovalhouse),  Can You See In The Dark (Writer's Block North East / Gala Theatre Durham) , Vanishing Point (Theatre Royal Studio Newcastle). Credits as assistant director include The El Train (Hoxton Hall), The Act (Trafalgar Studios & Ovalhouse Theatre) and Only On Sundays / Courting Drama (Bush TheatreAttic).




A Word from Arts Club Assistant Producer Molly Roberts...


Molly Roberts is a freelance Actress, theatre Producer and Artistic Director of new writing company Poleroid Theatre, and is thrilled to be working with nabokov for the first time! Over the last two years she has worked as an actress in Theatre and Television (BBC/Channel 4). She has also produced numerous productions which strive to craft the contemporary image of emerging artists, at venues including Theatre503, Old Red Lion, White Bear, Etcetera, Tristan Bates & Last Refuge. She also runs WRITE IT: MIC IT a regular open "write night" at The Hackney Attic and Castle Hotel, Manchester which is dedicated to lovers of the young, quirky, new writing arts scene in the UK and allows emerging artists to show their work and bring their new writing to the stage. Molly has been given the exciting task of searching for the most dynamic, interesting and entertaining emerging and well-known talent in London to add to the upcoming nabokov Arts Club line-up. Over the last month she has been inundated with applications from writers, comedians, sketch groups and musicians who were keen to take part in the event. But despite the very high standard, places were limited and after a lot of thought & meetings, she's programmed a pick of the best!

The bill ranges from established spoken word artists Sabrina Mahfouz and Rachel Parris, to more underground, emerging performers Tara Hodge and Tom Gill. We also have comedy from Matt Lacey, best known for his youtube sensation "Gap Yah", and new talent from up-and-coming sketch sensation Omar & Lee. There’ll also be a brand new work by playwright Luke Barnes, the hilarious Lolly Jones and music from the wonderful Harriet Starling.

Come and say hello to Molly in the Pit Space where she will also be introducing all the acts performing, and get ready for a night of serious entertainment..! @moyroberts @poleroidtheatre

Sabrina Mahfouz joins Arts Club line-up


Another stellar artist joining us at the Arts Club is acclaimed writer and performer Sabrina Mahfouz. Sabrina writes plays, poems and stories. She's currently a Sky Academy Arts Scholar; Associate Artist at Bush Theatre and Poet in residence at Cape Farewell. Her first collection of plays and poetry, The Clean Collection, will be published this March by Bloomsbury.



Spoken Word at the Arts Club - Tom Gill


Born and raised in Salford, Manchester Tom Gill is a spoken word artist and performer; with a range of influences from John Cooper Clarke to The Streets.  '4 Minute Fix' marks his first solo piece, a story exploring his struggle with the daily challenges attached to social media. Tom is also a professional actor with recent theatre credits including Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Manchester International Festival, Arcola Theatre, and films including Eden Lake and Angels in Small Change.

2014 promises a collection of exciting new work by this up-and-coming young artist.

his performance marks him out as a young talent to watch’

- Whats On Stage ****


Introducing the Arts Club performers... Rachel Parris


Also adding to our comedy line-up this Fri and Sat is award-winning musical comedian, actor and improviser Rachel Parris (The IT Crowd, Austentatious). Rachel's comedy songs have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and recently earned her a Chortle Award nomination. She performed her debut solo comedy show "The Commission" at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, to great acclaim, garnering 4 and 5-star reviews in several national newspapers, and she will be performing a run of it at Soho Theatre in March. She has recently been named as Timeout Critic's Choice, (for The Commission), in Jason Manford's Top Ten Comedians and as the Independent's Bright Young Thing in comedy for 2014.

"One sometimes doubts that Britain's got talent, but Parris has it in Spades"

- The Guardian


Spoken word at the Arts Club - Tara Hodge


Tara Hodge is an actress and spoken word performer. She has been performing from the age of twelve and has worked extensively in TV, film and theatre (theatre credits including Mogadishu at the Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith and Beautiful Thing at the Royal Exchange). In her spoken word pieces, she always writes from her own experience, aiming to tell stories that are honest, truthful and realistic. Her spoken word piece Let Me Live has had over 2000 youtube hits. Watch an interview with Tara here.


Introducing the Arts Club performers... Omar and Lee


Also tickling your funny bones this Fri and Sat will be dynamic new comedy duo, Omar and Lee.

"A compelling duo"

"Funny, fresh and wanted more!"

Omar and Lee are an emerging comedy duo gearing towards an exciting 2014. They trained together, they've lived together, they even had a cat together (which now lives with Omar's girlfriend's Mum) and now they make people laugh together. Come and experience Omar and Lee's skewed view of the world around them as they try and make sense of it all.

Omar and Lee are actor/comedians who trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Together they have written and performed several short plays and sketches at venues such as Hackney Attic, Cockpit Theatre, Lost Theatre, the Etcetera in Camden and Marylebone Gardens.

Catch a glimpse of this fresh comedy partnership before they sky rocket to stardom!


Harriet Starling joins the Arts Club line-up


Nabokov are thrilled to announce the appearance of Harriet Starling at the nabokov Arts Club this Friday and Saturday. Bringing pop folk music to empower your heart, the incredibly talented singer and songwriter Harriet Starling is storming the music scene with a fresh new sound reminiscent of great folk artists such as Laura Marling.

A self-confessed daydreamer, Starling has been described as having a ‘starry presence’ (John Mitchinson, Dover St Arts Club), and having only written her first song 18 months ago, her instant popularity is a clear indication of her unquestionable talent.

Harriet Starling started off training as an actress, with an immense fear of singing in public (how ironic!), until an inspiring dream gave her the impulse to sign up for a showcase in Soho. Since then, she has performed at gigs all around London, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to invite her to the stage at the Arts Club.

Watch her first music video for ‘Ultraviolet’ here

Introducing the Arts Club performers… Matt Lacey


Next to join our stellar line-up for the nabokov Arts Club is internet sensation and comedy genius, Matt Lacey.

The most natural performer... a comedy sensation” Dominic Maxwell, The Times       

“The Daniel Day-Lewis of character comedy” KCLR Radio

Matt is an actor, writer and comedian. He has performed as an actor and comic all over the world from Tokyo to New York, via Edinburgh, Glastonbury and the Alps, as well as on the BBC, Channel 4 and Comedy Central. He is the author of ‘The Gap Yah Plannah’ (Fourth Estate, 2011), based on his award-winning YouTube sketch 'Gap Yah'. His writing has appeared in Tatler, The Telegraph, Company, Vice and The Observer. His work has been described as "reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan" by the guy who hangs around outside his local Iceland.


Introducing the Arts Club performers... Lolly Jones


Introducing the first of many spectacular performances to grace the stage of the nabokov Arts Club at VAULT - a fantastic new play by Lolly Jones: ‘This isn’t a thing, right?’ Maddy: 'Pearson’s not a Metrosexual.  He is quite accidentally, unequivocally and unapologetically, a man'.

Pearson:  'Tell me you love my cock'.

Maddy: 'It’s cold.  I’m stood by Chicken Cottage.  Let me the fuck in'.

Written and co-performed by Lolly Jones, ‘This isn’t a thing, right?’ tells the story of two fuckbuddies, treading water in a vacuous, crumbling London, and their meeting one night, two floors above a late eatery on the (not-quite-Shoreditch) Old Street roundabout.

Lolly is a writer and comedienne with the Ministry of Merkin.  Most recently, she has appeared on Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe after making viral comedy Charlie Brooker Ruined my Life.  Her written work has appeared in TimeOut magazine, at London Independent Film Festival and on the Lolly Does London blog.  As an actress, she has appeared in a variety of TV adverts for questionably ethical products, understated European theatre tours and (enhanced by her 'face for radio' credentials) in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning for BBC Radio 4.


Ushers needed for the Arts Club

We are looking for ushers for the nabokov Arts Club this weekend. Working with our Front of House team, you'll need to be ready to greet people and give information, or look after the artists and let them know where they're going.  We'll need people from 9pm to 1am on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March, and we can offer you a free ticket to come to the Arts Club on the night that you're not working. See more about the event here

If you're interested in joining the nabokov team for this stellar one-off event, just send an email to

Introducing Jack Butler


Jack Butler

The band recorded their debut album ‘Fit the Paradigm’ at Glasgow's La Chunky studios, and mixed/mastered the record with Mark Freegard (Manic Street Preachers ‘The Holy Bible’, Del Amitri etc). It was critically acclaimed upon its release earning Album of the Month on BBC Introducing and earning rave reviews with critics calling it “on the border of a classic” (Manchester Music News), “simply fabulous” (News of the World), and “the bastard child of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Foals...irresistibly funky and danceable” (The List). 

Jack Butler's reputation as a fresh, exciting live act continues to grow, they have played at T in the Park, Rock Ness, Connect Festival, Belladrum Festival, and secured support slots with the likes of The Wombats, Florence and the Machine, You Say Party! We Say Die!, The Noisettes, Glasvegas, Hot Club de Paris and Twin Atlantic amongst many other acts.

Demonstrating a dynamism and refreshing quality that has been lost amongst the plethora of new music over recent times, Jack Butler’s inspirational sounds are ground breaking in nature, feeling almost experimental in form and ticking all the boxes with everything from synthesised siren quality rhythm guitars to charged Talking Heads-like vocals. After taking a hiatus in 2010-11, the band are now working hard on writing their second LP and look forward to showcasing new material at upcoming gigs this Summer.

Introducing our next act for nabokov Arts Club: Richard Marsh & Katie Bonna

At 6am last Monday morning, I mistook my alarm for a phone-call. In my dream woven mind it was someone incredibly exciting calling with me some amazing news. The bubble of excitement was swiftly burst, though, when I found myself answering my alarm clock, the remnants of its pretty bubbly iridescence then being crushed by the realisation that I had a five and a half hour journey ahead of me. Richard Marsh, the other half of our romantic rhyming comedy, Dirty Great Love Story, and I were off to Edinburgh, or, as Rich has insisted on calling it for the last few weeks ‘the city of dreams’ (to be said in a whimsical voice, ideally whilst staring out of a window).

We have now been working on this show, in one format or another for a year and a half and as with all big projects, the climax of it feels somewhat unreal and like it’s happening way too soon, even though you’ve been willing it to hurry along every day, like a fringe that won’t quite grow out. (As we’re headed to Edinburgh, I could probably write an effective fringe pun here, I have chosen not to - you’re welcome.) I had imagined myself traveling to Scotland feeling calm, assured, in control, ready for anything and wearing a tremendously great outfit. I suspected that it was unlikely for me to achieve this state of being, however, when I was flailing around my bedroom the night prior to leaving, throwing random items of clothing - some of which I hadn’t worn for at least two years - into a suitcase and piling black tights up on the bed like a crazed Rumplestiltskin, whilst my sister hurled the occasional packing suggestion from her reclined position on the bed. “Waterproof!” whilst I was locating my camera. “Ear-plugs!” whilst I was deciding whether or not to take my birthday Topshop voucher (I brought it and now I have no idea why). I was meant to be organised! I was meant to have suspended my gym membership. And to have actually gone to the gym in the build-up. I am pretty sure I was not meant to have spent the entirety of Saturday night dancing with other poets in Shoreditch only to arrive at work on Sunday morning in the same clothes I had gigged in the night before. When we pulled away from Euston at 8.43am on 30th July I had not done at least half of the things I had hoped to before boarding that train, but we had written a play and I was wearing a pretty good outfit. It could have been worse.

We are not good travelers, are we? The British. We like to complain a bit too much and our country is a bit too small for us to accept long journeys gracefully. They always feel horribly inconvenient. I recently witnessed a woman nearly give herself a panic attack on a train from Guildford to Woking because someone had asked her to move her bag off the seat beside her. She did not hold back in telling the entire carriage how angry she was with British Rail. No one pointed out that British Rail didn’t actually exist anymore, it seemed a fruitless endeavour. Despite always being happy to move my bag, I am not a good traveller in general. Journeys seem to take too long and be too cramped and they make me tired and grumpy, like a toddler with chicken pox in the heat.

My inability to travel well was shown up when our carriage filled with Americans at Crewe, praising the smoothness of British trains and cursing the availability of luggage storage on board them. They’re good at traveling aren’t they, the Americans? One man had a matchstick in his mouth. An actual matchstick. And his voice whistled slightly through his front teeth when he spoke. They floated through the journey like characters from a Tarantino film, batting away inconveniences like fruit flies whilst the Brits huffed and puffed and moaned and sweated, heaving over-stuffed cases down the aisle, blushes of embarrassment at brushing people’s arms burning into anger as they did so. The Americans have no such qualms. They proclaim their concerns about seat allocation, boldly over our heads and lean on our head rests whilst doing so. They speak to us all, like they are our leaders and we listen, with slightly awkward smiles on our faces. Richard made a joke, but then he generally does that anyway.

I started to have a transatlantic face-off in my head: Things Americans Are Better Than Us At Doing. My list included flavours of boiled sweets, seasonal Starbucks coffee, bulk buying and looking cool with a matchstick in their mouths. It turns out I don’t really know very much about America. One thing they definitely beat us on, though, is writing and performing duet and group poetry, which was the starting point of our little play. Dirty Great Love Story began its life as a ten minute duet poem and when we took it for its first outing it felt a rare thing to see poets writing and performing together. When we first met in one of our living rooms in Tooting and started writing together, we had expected it to be a simple and free flowing event. We thought that we were so similar as writers that a poem would blossom between us effortlessly. This is not quite what happened. Maybe it isn’t like this in America. Maybe they’ve got the difficult writing bit whipped. Maybe they high-five each other into a state of shared understanding rather than grump and heave and sweat away at it like us, dragging our rhymes around like suitcases down tight train aisles. This makes the writing process sound horrible. It wasn’t horrible......but there was a lot of heavy lifting involved. 

As with all long-term projects there have been many companies, people and places that have helped to breathe life into our show along the way. The nabokov Arts Club back in London at the Battersea Arts Centre was one such place. What I mostly love about the Arts Club is that it feels like a massive house party in an incredibly beautiful public building. As the night wears on, people loll on stairs, usually reserved as a thoroughfare for well-behaved audience members, having emotional exchanges, secrets are whispered over strange booze concoctions in darkened corners and after a certain point in the evening, everyone dances as if they’re in their front-room with Spotify on high and wall lights dimmed low. There are always artistic discoveries to be made, like-minded humans to be bonded with and eyes to flash smiles into across the room. Gearing up for the Edinburgh edition of this big house party, it occurs to me that the face-off has become redundant. Americans may have incredibly cool dispositions whilst traveling and prolific duo poetry writing ability, but the Brits know how to have a mother-licking house party. And no one needs to be good at packing or organising their life or not confusing their alarm for a phone-call or not being grumpy on a train to get involved, luckily.


Catch Dirty Great Love Story at 13.20 every day at Pleasance Dome (it's really good).

Introducing The Matey Institute

In the first of our blogs introducing our nabokov Arts Club: Edinburgh Fringe line up - we give you THE MATEY INSTITUTE who will be presenting their hilarious, anarchic and downright stupid improvised theatre show THE ONE HOUR PLAYS:

“MUST SEE SHOW... Original and outstanding” 
 **** The New Current
“Brilliant silliness”  
Whats On Stage
“Truly unique and very entertaining”  
**** Three Weeks
“A fun, creative, impressive feat of improvised theatre”
Fringe Review (Recommended Show)  

They laughed at my moustache. They told me I’d never amount to anything. But look at me now, ‘MUM’! Are you a member of The Matey Institute – the UK’s premier gypsy punk comedy theatre company? Can you conceive, devise, costume, script, musically score, rehearse & perform a bespoke World Premiere all within an hour? Are YOU performing at the highly acclaimed nincompoop Arts Club?! I think not. 

It’s been a good year for our show ‘The One Hour Plays’. Landing a residency at London’s Leicester Square Theatre allowed us to play to literally tens of people and share a billing with the likes of Stewart Lee, Bill Bailey, Richard Herring & Dylan Moran – them on the ‘main stage’… us in the basement… but still! Real camaraderie. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before we had offers to perform at those big old summer music festivals. Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree, Lounge on the Farm, End of the Road; yes it was quite muddy & yes I was threatened with legal action if I tried to approach Laura Marling again, but IT WAS WORTH IT.

Anyway, despite our successes (contenders for the Guinness World Record for Fastest Theatrical Production, no less!), I have agreed to share my masterpiece with the good people of the nincompoop theatre company. Apparently they’re doing something quite brilliant called ‘Blink’ at the Traverse Theatre – a blinking competition or something equally marvellous, I’m sure. And so, before I bid you adieu & a fond farewell (until the Arts Club at 9pm, 11th August at Summerhall), I feel it’s about time we cleared something up…

You may have heard of the Old Vic’s 24hour Plays – plays written & performed within 24 hours? Well, we’re nothing to bloody do with them. They can keep their sloth-like, lethargic old tortoise of a show taking place over an easy-going, laid back, full-on one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes. We only need SIXTY thankyou very much! Ah… My solicitor’s giving me one of his looks again… Well, you get the point.

Brendan Murphy (Director & Fearless Leader of: The One Hour Plays)

The One Hour Plays! 2.20pm, August 2nd-26th (Not 14th) at
Underbelly, Belly Laugh.

Talk to us: Bec - 07531044226 // Brendan - 07731514052


The nabokov Arts Club hits the Fringe! How to get involved...

That's right, for the first time ever the legendary nabokov Arts Club will be tearing up Edinburgh for the Fringe!

Join us on Saturday 11th August for the biggest party of the festival, and read on to hear how you could get involved...

The nabokov Arts Club is looking for unique and exciting acts for its first ever event at the Edinburgh Fringe on Saturday 11th August 2012. The Arts Club will be taking over multiple rooms at Summerhall with its trademark mix of live arts and partying that has seen sold out crowds and national press coverage for our recent events at BAC.

What we want:

We’re looking for comedians, poets, musicians, sketch groups, dancers, cabaret acts, circus performers – or anything else that you think might tickle  our  fancy. For this event we’re going back to our roots for a party with only one theme – the best of the Fringe. 

You’ll need to be available for a tech slot during the day of Saturday 11th and then of course your performance time in the evening. Please note that this is not an open audition for individual actors.

What we can offer you:

We’re interested in finding new talent for the variety of events that we produce, as well as offering a showcase for people to promote their Edinburgh shows. Although we may not be able to offer a fee for acts who we meet through this process, we are able to offer you the chance to perform at a unique event at a prestigious venue and to a large audience, as well as artistic support and advice. We hope that this could be the start of new and fruitful relationships with artists from across the spectrum.

Get in touch:

To apply, please email a description of your act and any  supporting  material  (reviews,  video,  photos  etc)  to before Wednesday 18th  July. We’ll try to get back to everyone who applies but this may not be possible if the volume of applicants is high.


The nabokov Arts Club: Edinburgh

Saturday 11th August 2012 // 9pm – 3am

Summerhall // 1 Summerhall // Edinburgh // EH9 1QH
£15 (advance) // £17.50 (door) //
Advance booking online at

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The Arch of Starch share their unique performance style

Get your taste buds tickled with two twisted teasers from The Arch of Starch:


Keep an eyeball peeled for a dominating dollop of curiosity from The Arch of Starch at the Nabokov Arts Club this Friday and Saturday!

The Arch of Starch is a multi- disciplinary performance company co-founded by Hollie Miller and Rebecca Walker. Hollie and Rebecca studied performance and choreography at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The Arch of Starch responds to their contemporary dance background as they work towards an alternative model of movement integrated performance. By exposing movement to costume invention and text, new possibilities originating from movement emerge. The Arch of Starch creates visually rich, utterly hilarious, imaginative performance that is appealing to both adults and children alike.

Our work is a response to the social issues going on around us. We embody different physical characters through highly expressive movement and rhythmic text. We design and build costume inventions, to find innovative ways of moving, whilst being fundamentally joined together. This is a crucial aspect of our investigation into social themes, with the aim to find alternative ways of bringing people together. The Arch of Starch constructs a surreal world, in which vivacious characters use the absurd to comment on our social desires. 


Rae Evans on why she loves stories...

I love stories. My mum told me stories before I even existed, of my Russian and Irish family and ancestors. When I was tiny, she told me tales of witches and princesses. My dad read me Ivor the Engine, doing all the voices. I love how we shape ourselves through stories. The things we relate, whether fantastical or true, glue us together and build new worlds.


In 2010, I toured around Europe, singing for my supper, being a troubadour, singing my stories and hearing the stories of others. 

Complete strangers told me tales of heartbreak, of family kidnapping, of hilarious misdeeds and of strange events. This is one of my favourites (it is all true)...

Marco was a successful children's book illustrator in Milan. He loved being creative but got sick of the city life so he bought a farmhouse in a tiny village in Umbria and started a bee farm and organic artist's retreat. 

Now, in the woods near this village, a rather unusual festival was held. Metal hooks would be hung from the trees in the forest. People would gather from all over and, on these hooks, they would swing in the trees, bleeding out their stresses and their troubles, purging themselves and trying to reach a purer place. Most of the villagers weren't in favour of this event and wanted it to end, but Marco opened his home to the participants and dressed their wounds with propolis from his bees. After a few days these people would return to their city lives in their air-conditioned cars. 


Marco and his wife Ornella would wash the bloodstained sheets and go back to tending their bees, humming in the air. 

I'll be singing this story and others this weekend at Nabakov's Artsclub and maybe you can tell me a tale or two if I see you...


Rae x

Introducing Fitzgerald...

Fitzgerald are Nichol Keene / Toby de Angeli  / William Edelsten, a group of friends who get together quite a lot to explore storytelling through spoken word/ theatre/ music/ visual arts.

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Most of our time has been spent writing in bedrooms and arts centres eating supermarket snacks including grapes, tiger bread and cheese with the hope that one day we can start shopping at Waitrose, while also discussing our love for lactose intolerant hedge hogs ( and wondering how we can reference them in our show. Will has been debating whether to use a mandolin through an effects pedal or simply a broken banjo. Basically it’s going to be good fun and all I would say is have a listen to the first song you ever heard.

P.S. all biscuits are welcome including Kit Kats

‘Actually sick a personality that I want to listen to’ – Polarbear

‘Made me feel like a proud Dad it blew me away’ – Scroobius Pip

‘Nichol’s work is sophisticated, steeped in meaning and rhythmic. The imagery she provides in her poems is unrivalled; she will take you on a journey that you soon begin to adopt as your own. Toby as an individual is probably one of the most fascinating poets you will see in this day and age. He compels every eye and every ear to pay attention. Awe-inspiring.’  -  Writers Lounge

Tice Oakfield of Flying Dutchman Theatre shares his thoughts on pop-up book storytelling

I'm surrounded by cardboard. My bedroom has turned into a studio for the pop up theatre show. I need to finish a new page. Most likely I will be sleep deprived performing under the influence of caffeine. It's all so little and flat. I just cut through the cardboard, through my new jeans into my leg. And now I sit behind the computer writing my blog with a plaster on my inner thigh and drops of blood on the new page. My blood is in the performance. I'm Flying Dutchman, welcome to my world.



I remember telling my father about the book over a year ago and receiving a lecture about my life and my work. He lives in the Netherlands and works at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. I live in England and perform at festivals. Our lives seem so far apart and in some ways they are. But our blood connects us. I'll let you into a secret: my father never finished his studies! And next to working at the Ministry, he's an architect. He designed houses in the town I grew up in. He leaves his mark. Making the impossible possible is something I inherited from this amazing man. I believe in my fantastical journey. I design and I build. There's no limitation to my imagination.

And therefore I am cutting and folding cardboard in between children's shows and webdesign. Confronting my protagonist with yet another challenge. And I'm supposed to cut the story with another 5 minutes. I do hope the majority of the audience is tipsy. That's basically my target audience. Thanks for reading hope you come to see Flying Dutchman at the BAC!