AROUND THE BLOCK is coming up in just a few short days at the Camden Fringe Festival!
In collaboration with our dear friends over at Divergent Theatre Collective, this will be Get Over it Productions’ 12th (that’s Twelfth!) year at CF and we are so proud to be welcomed back year on year in to the bosom of this ever growing family.
A Cityscape of Female Voices – AROUND THE BLOCK tells the stories of 5 women who share their tales of wit and woe as they battle through life in London. The compendium is told on a carousel across 3 days, with various time slots available for each.
Running from 12:30pm – 2:30pm from 24th > 26th August, there is something for everyone amongst this lot…
Stephanie is being haunted by Captain Hook.
A struggling actor, she has recently performed in panto as Hook, and is unable to shake the pirate’s presence.
As the visions intensify, Stephanie is forced to confront the shadows of the past, the uncertainty of the future, and the events that led her here. Behind You is a short monologue about death, grief, loneliness, and finding the courage to keep going.
Written by David Pearson
David is a new writer, having been writing plays for the past couple of years. He has had plays workshopped and short plays performed in London and Bedford. Behind You is his first monologue. He loves to talk about himself in the third person.
Performed by Reynah Rita Oppal
Reynah trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC and has since starred in many short films and two features including Checking In, which won Best British Film at the London Film Awards in 2016. More recently she can found on the stage, performing new writing at New Diorama and Cheltenham Everyman and working with Get Over It Productions at The Scene.
Directed by Roman Berry
After the unexpected arrival of a needy stray one night, an incredible bond developed between myself and this small, vocal and extremely loving stray. As the weeks passed, I realised her determination to stay by my side, and her immediate ability to display love, taught me more than I was aware of at the time. As our bond grew, so did her need for a safe outside space, and I realised that much as I wanted to keep her, she was denied freedom and caught in a tiny ‘prison yard’ existence. Yet I couldn’t let her go. Without realising it, her plight mirrored my own, and as much as I tried to deny the force of affection between us (fighting the ‘mad cat woman spinster status so often used for ridicule in social media and the press), I could not deny this special language and communication we shared. Her confinement in my house took on a bigger resonance, as through her I began to see my own confinement…
Written by Alexa Kesselaar
Alexa graduated from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1990 and worked as an actress mainly in Scotland and often for 7:84 Theatre Co. In 1997 Alexa graduated as Voice teacher from Central School of Speech & Drama, for a few years worked as actress and voice coach and taught at many drama schools. In 2001 Alexa began to write & realised all along, she should have been writing, rather than acting. She loved the process of acting but hated performing (stage fright) and began to write properly around 2002/2003. She took many courses in writing, including Paines Plough, Royal Court and Soho Theatre workshops and then completed an MA in Writing for the Stage, graduating in 2010. Since that time Alexa has combined voice teaching – private clients and theatre co’s but her main ambition is to be a produced playwright and published writer. Alexa has just completed her first novel which is an allegory of contemporary mental health treatments.
Performed by Paula Benson
Actor/Director/Comedian Paula Benson is co-founder and Artistic Director of Get Over It Productions. She has directed countless shows over the 14 year life-span of the company and taken major roles in several of their seminal productions, most recently playing Gloria in Sue Hassall’s ‘If Nothing Happens’ as part of GOI’s New Writing Festival at The Tabard. She is also one half of comedy duo Barber and Benson – familiar faces on the London Comedy circuit and has already appeared at this year’s Camden Fringe with their hilarious sketch show at The Hen and Chickens.
Directed by Roman Berry
Joan is a nurse. A bloody good one. She lives her life at high speed, juggling saving a dying NHS, straightening out troublesome girlfriends, and sorting out selfish commuters. A real superhero. All is good in her life. Mel has just moved in and everything looks like Joan is finally settling down. Then she gets a call from her ex Izzy. From prison. And all hell breaks loose.
Written by Andrew Curtis
Andy has had works performed at the Hampstead Theatre, Theatre503 and the Southwark Playhouse. His play Raiders’ Road made the final 25 (out of 600) for the Papatango Prize in 2011. More recently he co-wrote the historical play Saffron Avenue about the 1889 London Dockers Strike which was performed at Swiss Cottage library, and his play about the British public school system and the First World War, Redoubt, had a workshop at the Pleasance Theatre as part of the Encompass programme.
Performed by Helen Jessica Liggat
Helen graduated from Middlesex University with BA Hons Performing Arts. Recent theatre includes: Roger in The Balcony (Bread & Roses), Andromache in a full mask production of The Women of Troy (Theatro Technis) and new writing projects for Off The Cliff Theatre (Bread & Roses), The Pensive Federation (Tristan Bates/The Vaults/Camden People’s Theatre), The Space, Get Over It Productions (Tabard Theatre), Secret Hour Theatre (Lion & Unicorn). Other work includes: short films Eunice and Fight, and voice work for Audible radio drama Unheard and running app Zombies, Run! Helen can currently be seen as a nurse in a Macmillan Cancer Support advert. www.spotlight.com/2413-3423-7848
Directed by Velenzia Spearpoint
When Natalie finds out that her husband is paying for sex, she is livid. She vows to take revenge on every Love Rat there is. So, when men leave the brothel, she follows them home and threatens to ‘out’ them to their families. But what starts out as a moral crusade soon becomes a lucrative career, in extortion. But is it ever right to profit from sex? Even if you’re not having any? Victim or Predator? Crusader or Whore? For Natalie, the road to empowerment is confusing. There are no straight lines, only kinks.
Written by Rob Young
Rob Young is an award-winning writer who has spent the past 20 years writing for the UK’s biggest TV, film and theatre companies. He wrote the first online play for the RSC and Google that appeared on 25 million Tweets, trended 4th in the world and won two Lovie Awards (Internet Oscars). Rob’s previous monologue about sex, Obsession, began life at the Etcetera Theatre and went on to receive many kind reviews in the broadsheets. http://robyoung.info
REVIEWS FOR OBSESSION
‘Young is such a compelling voyeur. He has an unnatural way with small, lethal details that tell entire stories. This is a beautifully choreographed piece of precision acting that dances on the razor’s edge between loathing and love. Highly unsettling, perhaps because it is so bleakly funny and true.’ – The Times
‘A broader view of Young’s vivid imagination and his unique way with words. Speech is a slippery, evocative and three-dimensional thing, rife with knock-on alliteration and spot-on comic juxtaposition.’ – Evening Standard
Performed by Veronica Quilligan
Veronica began her career as an actor making her debut at the Royal Court Theatre in A Pagan Placefor which she won the Plays and PlayersMost Promising Newcomer award. She went on to appear in The Way of the World, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Spring Awakening, Other Rooms Other Voices(National Theatre, London), Dancing at Lughnasa(Phoenix Theatre and Garrick Theatre), The Key Tag, From Cockney To Toffs, The School Leaver(Royal Court Theatre), Looking At You Revived, Please Shine Down On Me Again, Zigomania, Loved (Bush Theatre),Salome(Gate Theatre and Riverside) The Riot Act, High Time(Field Day Theatre Company, Derry), Faith Healer(Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Colours(Abbey Theatre, Dublin) and Rosmersholm(Almeida Theatre).
Film includes My Zinc Bed, Momento Mori, The Wildcats of St Trinians, Call At Corazon, Angel, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Hostage and Maria’s Song. Television includes Peak Practice, Rough Justice, The Wild Duck, City Sugar, The Vanishing Army, Tears Before Bedtime. Red Shift and The History Man.
Directed by Veronica Quilligan
The girl is having a year-out after doing her A levels. Most her friends and her boyfriend, Ben, have left for University. Either that or they’re travelling: everywhere. She is in her bedroom, where she builds shrines to these people and waits for them to text, email, post on Facebook or come on Skype. In fact she is waiting for Ben to come online right now! The problem is, is that this ‘gap year’ may well turn into a gaping two – or maybe three – or this somehow infinite number of years – unless she also finds her way of leaving home.
Written by Claire Urwin
Claire’s plays include How Hard it Happens which won the International Student Playscript Competition after performances in Manchester and at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it also received an NSDF commendation for new writing. No Wonder (National Student Drama Festival, The John Thaw Studio, 24:7 Theatre Festival and The Manchester Library Theatre),Stitches (The Edinburgh Fringe).
Performed by Mauricia Lewis
Mauricia Lewis, is ecstatic to be a part of the festival. She has recently just performed her own original piece “Admiring Ebony” at The Scene by GOI.Mauricia Lewis is a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s BA Acting Musical Theatre course (class of 2017). Her recent stage work include Angel ( Angels The Play) , Kate ( The Lighthouse) , Marianne ( Crossroads) and Ellie in (Love Me Tinder).Whilst training: Grooving Gracie (Em, a new musical by Benjamin Till), Sandor ( Grand Hotel) and Betty (The Crucible).
Directed by Roman Berry
FRIDAY 24th Aug at Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe
12:30pm – Confinement & Denial
2:30pm – Aberrations & Behind You
SATURDAY 25th Aug at Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe
12:30pm – Aberrations & Denial
2:30 – Behind You & Confinement
SUNDAY 26th Aug at Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe
12:30pm – Behind You & Roundabout Way
2:30pm – Denial & Confinement
265 Camden High Street
(above the Oxford Arms)
Get Over It Productions
Female led theatre company championing interesting roles for women on the London fringe theatre scene.
Divergent Theatre Collective
International theatremakers telling diverse stories & exploring contemporary social and political issues.