Fringe Fashionista by Laura Clare Reid
ood day to you all. How are we? I am very well as I stayed in last night,oh yes! I’m as shocked
as you! I declined many,many, many offers of social outings, deciding to don my paisley housecoat and leopard print leggings and sip a fine Malbec instead.
revalitised (to a certain extent, concealer below the eye is still very much the order of the day) and ready to get serious about style.
I n t e r v i ew
Old Sole Theatr e
This is yoga mistress and ceramics wizard
Damaris Booth, a lady who has been a personal fashion icon of mine for almost 20 years, let me introduce you… What do you love about the Ventnor Fringe Hiya! What are you wearing today?
probably know all too well. It uses theatre to be
This is a dress from Lowie, a massive bargain pop
It is the perfect setting for such a fantastic event. I
abrasive and shocking, to pull people away from
up store in Peckham. My shoes are JuJu Jellies, the
love discovering new acts and dancing my heart out
a brilliant approach to theatre and theatre
the ‘that’s not me’ and ‘I understand this already’
same ones I wore on my wedding day! I now wish
making, to quote you back to yourselves “we create
attitude and to make them look at an extreme
I was wearing my pink leather belt from my mum,
work with speed and energy, reflecting the pace of
version of some qualities that they may see in
and a necklace but I was being lazy...I wish I had
the modern world”. Can you give us a bit more of
themselves or others around them.
way, check out Damaris’s slow flow yoga classes -
a description of your work for those who haven’t
come across you yet?
audiences together and allows us to tackle sensitive
Describe your look in three words.
her ceramic creations! Find Damaris on Instagram
We work in many different fields both in and out
subjects in a more direct way, where people may
A bit crap.
of theatre, all of which fuels the work that we want
back away in day to day life. It’s a form that engages
by Jack Whitewood
ello Old Sole Theatre company! You have such
to create. Not only that, we aim to make work that is socially and politically conscious, to move
yogawithdamaris.com and you simply MUST see
Theatre is an incredible form that brings
Oh my giddy aunt, is it Friday already?
all kinds of people and opens up conversation
Who is your style icon and why?
There will be no staying in for me tonight, no sir.
amongst the most unlikely people.
Matt Hitt (Ventnor Darling and Ventnor Fringe media
I will be getting my glad rags on and heading to
team legend), he is sleek, snazzy and sophisticated.
Harbourisde for the VTown Northern Soul Train DJs.
with society and to test the boundaries of today’s beliefs and ideas. Misfire came out of conversations
Thanks babes! If you live South London
There’s a pair of yellow slacks in my wardrobe that
We have to ask – what does “anti-stand up” mean? ‘Anti-stand up’ is normally a way of using a
What Fashion advice would you give others?
need an airing on the dance floor and tonight is the
purposefully bad joke for humour. We’ve put our
night! I shall see you there.
around gender, activism and privilege. We felt it is a conversation that needs to be held and to be created amongst a diverse, imaginative team who follow our
own spin on that though, we’re using ‘anti-stand
up’ as a way of shocking audiences – a comedian who is purposefully bad to make audiences question
What has the process been like for Misfire?
the ideas addressed. It’s a hard device to sum up,
Misfire has been a sharp learning curve. We’ve been
so we recommend coming to the show to find out
lucky to have developed and shared this form of it
exactly what it is ;)
in London, Cardiff and now, the best of them all, Ventnor!
You just got Arts Council England funding! Our director, Nerida, who is involved in
Congratulations! It’s a difficult climate out there at
remarkable projects in South Wales in theatre and
the minute. What difference has this made for you
in the LGBTQIA+ community, has been a driving
and do you have any advice for other companies
force behind the development. We created a version
creating work at the minute?
that was tailored to our venue (the wonderful and
We did! Thank you! It’s made all the difference to
supportive AJs Coffee House in Cardiff, check them
this project and, most importantly, it has allowed
out!) and we look forward to doing the same for
us to pay artists properly for the work that they do.
Our team has had the time to try out new ideas and
It’s important for us to say that Misfire, so far, has
make the best work they possibly can, without being
definitely been a process, and that this is not the
restricted (too much) by funds.
final product. There are more places we want to go
with it and more boundaries we want to push, but
continue to create work with people that respect and
it’s important for us to share the piece amongst
inspire, no matter what. Create work from nothing,
R ev i ew
My Brother's Drug by Caty Macaulay
Our advice for other companies is to
while I’ve seen many plays about drug abuse and
t’s Political: My Brother’s Drug, written by Rachel
its effects I think this duo have done it justice.
Meryis and performed by Elysia Wilson, tells
Having said this, I’m not sure that I’d come out to
with nothing. Create the work that YOU want to
the tale of a brothers addiction to drugs and the
my parents as a drug dealer’s prostitute over a drug
create. Try things that you may never have thought
devastating effects it has on their family. These two
abuser... I feel like the former is far worse.
of before. Fundraising can be a nightmare, but don’t
drama student have adapted a truly harrowing tale
Misfire deals with some big and current topics –
give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help – we’re
to re-humanise the condition of addiction.
brother. The vexing cries of a brother desperate for
as you so aptly put it we are in a “post-Weinstein
all here to support each other.
diverse audiences along the way so it forms for an audience.
stage”. The whole MeToo campaign was global,
Playing not only her sister, but mother and
sanctuary after a drug deal gone awry and a mothers “The criminalisation of addiction and how much of
denial, carried upon the shoulders of a young girl.
why is it important to keep these conversations
You’re performing with us for three nights, is there
it is to do with the individual actually needing help
Whose only wish is that she might one day see her
going? And what’s the significance of using theatre
anything else you’re hoping to catch during your
and support and when that’s not actually given
“ice cream eating creative little brother”.
what happens.” – Rachel Meryis.
There are three props in this story, one
to do so?
time on the island?
It’s important to keep these conversations going
It’s going to be tricky to fit more shows in but
because the issues that MeToo deals with have
there are a few we’re hoping to catch. Our producer
This show is a must see and it’s completely free.
and more as the character she remembers as her
not yet been resolved. They may not ever be fully
trained with StoneCrabs Theatre Company, so we’re
A beguiling performance by Elysia. Through the art
brother disappears, and two chairs that I imagined to be the building blocks of life.
being an oversized grey hoody that distorts more
looking forward to their shows ‘Some Kind of Love
of spoken word, dance and performance, she draws
issue to be spoken about – for it to be tackled and
Story’ and ‘Tieta, The Trial’. We would also like
the audience into the life of a concerned sister. Her
to catch ‘Boxman’, which we’ve heard some really
brother has gone so far down the drug warren that
exciting things about!
she doesn’t know if she’ll ever get him back.
resolved in our lifetimes, but we NEED this global
Misfire is messy, difficult, funny, deeply
sad and features a character who our audiences
if you’re an emotional sort of human being, crying. I had a real tear rolling down my cheek at the end.
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brother.” – Rachel Meryis.
This is a difficult story to pull-off, and The show highlights how many people in society
R ev i ew
I n t e r act i v e
“It’s done in the sense of a girl’s love for her
You think it’s descending into madness,
until you realise that it’s humanity’s collective insanity that’s pulling you, and indeed the plane you’re sitting in, inexorably toward heaven – or Australia to be precise.
Based on a book called ‘Survivor’ by
of modern cults, evangelism, exploitation and, of
he most emotional and enjoyable performance
course, air travel.
I’ve seen in forever.
Oh and it’s on at Trinity Theatre between
This one man play is a mile high,
8pm and 9pm this evening (Friday). Don’t forget to
supercharged, riveting and totally unpredictable
fasten your seatbelts, because this ride is a bumpy
ride that will have you laughing, thinking a lot and,
one. But you will enjoy it. Highly Recommended.
deemed socially unacceptable; the homeless, drug addicts, people that suffer from severe depression etc.
We’ve all seen it, a person in need, you
have two simple choices, ignore or help. Which would you choose? You can catch this show at 4pm today and 4pm in Trinity Church.
Chuck Palahniuk, which sadly for its author came out at around about the time of 9/11, this is a tale
by Jo Macaulay
are pushed aside and become invisible when they’re
A big thank you to Ventnor Town Council for their support and printing this years Fringe Review.
Read the issue no. 31 of the Ventnor Fringe Review - Friday 10th August 2018.