+3 Interview: How to Be Amazingly Happy!

“I’m the Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and so I usually come to choose show’s to bring back to the venue. This year I’ll be hoping people choose me!”

WHO: Victoria Firth, Writer and performer

WHAT: “How do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up? Victoria is on a quest to discover how you make a new life when you can’t have the one you imagined. In this big-hearted, big-thinking show of storytelling and physical comedy our heroine’s mid-life search for joy, identity and belonging features public displays of playfulness, private truths and sheer bloody mindedness. Join Victoria as she asks – what do you do with the rest of your life when you don’t have kids?”

WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Below (Venue 33) 

WHEN: 11:35 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my first visit to the Edinburgh Fringe as a performer, well apart from over 20 years ago when I was in a youth theatre production of ‘The Hired Man’. I do come to Edinburgh most years as a programmer – I’m the Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and so I usually come to choose show’s to bring back to the venue. This year I’ll be hoping people choose me!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

This year I decided to make theatre again and to go both feet in. I’ve been shadowing the Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange in Manchester, Sarah Frankom, learning to be a clown with Jamie Wood, trying out stand-up comedy with Logan Murray and making this show.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote and produced the show and I’ll be performing it. However it takes a lot of help to make a one-woman show and I’ve been delighted to have the support of Deborah Newbold, who won five star reviews with her show ‘Lost in Blue’ in 2016 and I’ve also had help from Ellie Harrison who has being producing a long running series of artworks on the theme of grief. They’ve both been enormously helpful in helping me explore different performance forms and the best ways to communicate with audiences.

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

It depends on what interested them about my show. If you want to explore ideas about the role of parenting, or not, then I’d recommend No Kids by Ad Infinitum or for more thought-provoking stuff on women’s empowerment and their bodies – Vessel by Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe. For a look at how medical issues have an impact or your life and perceptions then Pricks by Jade Byrne is a lovely show. For more queer experience go to see Gypsy Queen by Hope Theatre Company and for more fun and playfulness Love letters from Blackpool by Ruth E Cockburn is a joy.


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