“We’re part of the Hull Takeover organised by Hull City of Culture 2017, so you should see all their incredible shows.”
WHO: Maureen Lennon, Writer/Actor
WHAT: “Annie finds herself on a clifftop. She says she’s fine but she can’t quite get her story straight. Sat by her side, Sophie covers the bruises on her neck. She thinks everything might just be alright, because it’s amazing what you get used to, isn’t it? Underscored with live folk music, Bare Skin on Briny Waters is a story about survival and escape. It’s about two young women standing on a cliff edge, steadily being blown on an unexpected course.”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
WHEN: 13:00 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
No, we’ve all been lucky enough to be up a few times with different shows over the years. This is our second year here as a company, in 2015 we brought a show called Billy Through The Window to Underbelly. That was a whirlwind of a month so we can’t wait to get stuck in again this year.
Tell us about your show.
Bellow Theatre came together at Bristol University where me (Maureen) and Co-Founder Tabitha Mortiboy met. When I moved back to Hull we brought a few others on board, so now we’re a nice mixture of people and places.
Bare Skin On Briny Waters is a co-write between me and Tabitha. It tells the story of two young women, whose life has driven them to edge. They find themselves on a cliff top wondering how they got there and whether they can claw themselves back. It’s been in development for a few years in various forms, but it had it’s first proper scratch outing at HeadsUp Hull in October, before heading to New Diorama Theatre in February as part of the Hull City of Culture Emerging Companies Showcase, and Incoming Festival in June.
It’s since been re-developed and has a brand spanking new lighting design by Will Monks, and set design by Naomi Kuyck-Cohen, as well as some gorgeous new music composed and played live by Tabitha, ready to premiere this month at The Pleasance.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
We’re part of the Hull Takeover organised by Hull City of Culture 2017, so you should see all their incredible shows. This includes Silent Uproar’s Super Happy Story About Feeling Super Sad, cabaret musical about depression and Middlechild’s All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, a new piece of gig theatre about what happens when dreams don’t become reality, as well as shows by Pub Corner Poets and Curious Directive. They’re all wildly different pieces which echo each other in surprising ways and demonstrate the real variety and quality of work coming out of Hull at the minute.
You should also make it along to our other musician Isobel Rogers’ solo show Elsa on at Assembly Hall, a really witty comment on London life in 2017.
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