+3 Interview: How Is Uncle John?

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“There’s so much to see and especially great theatre made by women, which is so refreshing.”

WHO: Sally Lewis, Writer

WHAT: “When Hope was young, her mother did everything she could to ensure her daughter was safe. As she grew more independent, Hope began to slip from her mother’s fingers. Years later, Hope has fallen in love. When she goes on holiday with her new partner, a few days turn into months. At home, sick with worry, Hope’s mother receives a telephone call. The remarkable story of a daughter trafficked into the sex market and her mother’s journey to bring her home, this one-woman play is an unflinching descent into darkness.”

WHERE: Assembly Hall (Venue 35)

WHEN: 15:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Both Ben (Director) and I have been before but this is our first full dramatic show together- very exciting. Holly Joyce (Mother) has performed several times before but it’s a first for Taha Haq (Hope). We are all very excited to be here and especially at The Assembly.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote it. It’s a new play about a mother’s journey to realise and rescue her adult daughter has been trafficked abroad into the sex trade and she is the only person who can rescue her. It’s about love, intuition, strength, courage and the bond between a mother and a child, no matter how old that child may be. It’s being produced by Creative Garage, a collective Ben runs.

Ben and I had worked on a few other pieces of my work so it seemed only right we would work on this play together when I discussed it with him one night in the pub. Finding Holly Joyce and Taha Haq has been challenging, but also very exciting and has really helped the play develop. We are previewing on July 29th at The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton for one night only as we are focusing on our Edinburgh run. We would love to tour in the New Year, fingers crossed.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

The sunshine!

There’s so much to see and especially great theatre made by women, which is so refreshing. I’d definitely signpost them to Mr Incredible by Camilla Whitehill and directed by the wonderful Sarah Myott-Meadows at the Underbelly, Cowgate.


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