+3 Interview: Celia

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“I’ve robbed the housekeeping to fund ‘Celia’ at Edinburgh… We will not be eating until after Christmas.”

WHO: Rachel Cochrane – Writer, Director, Producer

WHAT: “Meet Celia, housewife, 49ish and devoted mother. Tired of putting the toilet seat down after the men in her life, Celia escapes into a parallel world, the inspiration for her romantic short stories. But what happens when fantasy becomes reality and Celia finds herself caught between a hot flush and a hot date? Join Celia and her monologues on midlife musings as she plunges into the murky waters of the menopause. Written by Rachel Cochrane. Performed by Penny Lamport.”

WHERE: Spotlites (Venue 278)

WHEN: 18:25 (65 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Yes, it’s been a long time ambition but the stars have never been aligned until now. What that actually means is that I’ve robbed the housekeeping to fund Celia at Edinburgh and it hasn’t been noticed yet. We will not be eating until after Christmas.

Tell us about your show.

Celia came about when I wrote the diary of a fictional woman as I was going through the menopause (am I allowed to mention that word in polite company?) It reflected how I was feeling but because I was writing through my character I was able to express what women think but dare not say.

Originally, Celia was made as a series of short online films with actor Penny Lamport and digital media artist Shirley Anne Wood. I have now rewritten Celia for the stage and after rave reviews at its premiere at The Globe (public house in Railway Street, NE1), Penny and I have taken a giant leap of faith to bring it to Edinburgh. You can expect a one woman monologue with laughter and tears in equal measure. I’ve also taken on the role of producer, director, props, publicity and sweeping up, but of course Penny’s input has been crucial in the development of the play and the character and capturing the audience with Celia’s story.

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

I have just connected with Magician Renz Novani on Twitter and his show Renz Novani: Spellbinder – Magic & Mystory looks absolutely thrilling. He is performing at Spotlites 278, the same venue as Celia about an hour after we have finished. I’ve just watched a video on his Spotlites page – how on earth does he do that?


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