THERE will be powerful theatre at Bromsgrove Artrix’s on Saturday (June 6) when Collidoscope -‘a tragedy masked by a Hollywood fantasy’ – will be staged in the venue’s studio.
The partly autobiographical play centres around Anna who, after an unexpected tragedy has everyone talking about funerals and finger food, seeks to escape by impersonating Madeleine Carroll, a Hollywood bombshell character from the 1930s.
The show, written by Hannah Graham and developed through The Birmingham REP Theatre Foundry Programme and Pilot nights, is billed as a dark comedy, which sees ‘poetic storytelling meet Little Voice in a New York cabaret style form’.
Hannah said: “It has taken two years of research and workshopping, failing and succeeding to write such a personal story that reflected a very real, aberrant time in my life.
“Losing my brother propelled me into a world of escapism that became very theatrical on a psychological level.
“On a daily basis we wear masks to play out the roles of who we think we need to be in different situations, to promote ourselves, change ourselves or even hide ourselves.
“In Collidoscope, there is nowhere to hide, I reveal both the highs and the lows, the humour and the pain in what it can mean to lose something and replace it with a psychological fantasy,” she added.
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets, which are £12 (£10 for over 60s and students), are available online at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.
Visit www.fresholdtheatre.co.uk for more on the show.