I had so much fun doing Camden last year with the non-Brontës, this year I’ve gone totally snooker loopy and decided to do not one but TWO shows, by strong arming some of the Future Perfect gang into joining the fun.
Future Perfect are going to reprise our spring show The Family Plot over two evenings (Aug 5th & 6th) It’ll be a slimmed down version of the show as we have an hour slot, and we’re currently playing about with material and performers to see what works best.
Not The Brontës have a brand new show – Truly, Madly, Keighley – that is coming along nicely. We have some cracking new songs, bundles of new material (my editing knife is sharpened) and an honest-to-goodness sketch which I am really looking forward to performing. Admittedly one of our troupe missed the North so much she’s actually moved back, but we’re not going to let this stop us!
For details of the shows and how to buy tickets, check out the Future Gigs section.
So I came third in the Poetry Rivals final – THIRD. Oh yes! I got a cheque and everything. But it didn’t really matter if I placed or not, because before I went I tried the poem out on various people, got at least two of them weeping and caused an epiphany in the heart of a gruff Northern bastard: “so THAT’S what poetry is FOR” he said/snuffled into his pint. Yes. It didn’t matter where I came – POETRY WON.
Then away to Manchester, to see if they’d let me on the Creative Writing MA. They will! Brilliant. So now I have to find some cash and some time to sort that out… but I have til Sept 2014, so I’m sure it will be fine. Totally, totally fine. (I’ve also discovered there is such a thing as a Practice Based PhD. Watch out academia – I’ve fancied you for a long time. And Dr. Fleming has a lovely ring to it, non? It’ll only take me what, a decade or so? *coughs*)
The Family Plot premiered at the Poetry Café on the 25th April and plays again with some line up changes on 30th May at The Harrison and 20th June at The October Gallery. More details are here on the official Future Perfect pages. We’re also playing the Camden Fringe with an abridged version of the show on the 5th and 6th of August, watch the Gigs page for further info.
Speaking of Camden – Not The Brontës are back with our second show, Truly Madly Keighley, as part of the Camden Fringe this August. We’re at the same venue – upstairs at the Camden Head – 25th August, 8pm. Get it in your diary! You can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up with our preparations. Our first planning meeting went well (the Jägerbombs and chicken goujons helped of course) and I am so excited about the material we have lined up – Sal’s working on some fab new songs and Pol’s excelled herself in the short story stakes – now I just have to get myself together! I’ll let you guys know how that goes…
So me and the Internet are trying this thing out… what do you think? You likey?
There’s a few empty spaces at the minute and bits that would be better if they linked to other bits but hey – it exists and that’s good enough for now.
I’m through the Poetry Rivals final and will be performing for the judges in April. Wish me luck! If you’d like to come along please let me know.
Future Perfect have a new show coming up, The Family Plot, with performances planned from May. Not The Brontës are building a new show, Truly, Madly, Keighley, and have plans to return to the Camden Fringe in August 2013. Check the gigs section for updates.