Much of July has been spent developing
Odd Lot Theatre’s “Odd Soiree” at Café 5
here in Easton, Bristol. Here’s the
ODD LOT THEATRE AT CAFÉ 5 July 17th
A fundraiser for Bristol Refugee
1. Space 1. Devised
by Tom Hayes
2. Space 2. Written and performed by Andreea Brown.
Things Can You Think About…..?’
A very recent and provisional response to contrasting events this
year: the solidarity of Glasgow residents in preventing two of their
neighbours from removal by Immigration officers and the brutal treatment by
Border Force staff of E.U. citizens arriving at U.K. airports for legitimate
reasons. Verbatim accounts of this treatment are drawn from articles
in the Guardian newspaper.
[The suitcase in this performance
belonged to Liz Cashdan’s grandfather,
Elias Trilling who was a refugee from Russia in 1917. It then travelled around
the world with her father, Samuel Trilling. Liz was named Elisabeth after
4. Incident at the Frontier, 1938. Written
and performed by Liz Cashdan.
Right Thing A
retired couple stumble on the realities of today’s world. At a doorstep press
briefing Toby responds to criticism of their response. Written and performed by Richard Worsnop
from Age Queer written and performed by Jo Cross. This script is
supported by Theatre West under their Zooming Ahead scheme for women
writers Theatre West
7. How Long
And Odd 9 Minutes Are written and performed by Rebecca
This links patriarchy and a need for change to
events including George Floyd’s murder and community resistance to immigration
8. Supernova written and performed by Andreea Brown, from
her forthcoming anthology.
I Come From the Cut - written and performed by Poppy
Jermaine from the perspective of Alex Groves, a character featured in Odd Lot’s
forthcoming project: R.I.P [Working Title]. This poem was inspired by Robert
Seatter’s poem I Come From.
We all needed the boost that developing this show gave us and we
benefitted from rehearsing at WildCat Studios off the Gloucester Road. After all this time it was fantastic to be working
face to face. Or almost! Liz
Cashdan could join us via Rebecca’s
laptop and Tom Hayes rehearsed his Under
Van Man role via mobile phone.
A reminder, given the length of time between blog posts, Odd Lot Theatre
is a multicultural and importantly, an all-ages inclusive professional company.
We raised £120.00 for Bristol Refugee Rights. Hopefully we can put “How Many Things Can
You Think About…? on a more formal, research and development footing.