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The Second Face to Face Festival - LOST Theatre

Theatre preview

THE SECOND Face to Face Festival, celebrating the very best in solo theatre with writers performing their own work, will be held at The LOST Theatre from Monday, July 1 to Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Highlights include Claire Dowie performing her extraordinary award-winning solo play, Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?, an Edinburgh Fringe classic that premiered 23 years ago at the Traverse Theatre.

Dowie appeared in last year’s Face to Face Festival, subsequently winning the Grand Prix Prize at the MonoAkt Festival in Kosovo and another award at the Thespis International Monodrama Festival in Germany.

Other outstanding performers invited back from the 2012 festival include storytelling theatre genius Jack Klaff, superb physical theatre/cabaret performer Peta Lily, inspirational PR guru Mark Borkowski, outstanding verbatim theatre artist Louise Wallinger and visionary theatre poet Kay Adshead.

The week’s programme features:

Monday, July 1: Stephen Oxley as Tristram Shandy.
Tuesday, July 2: PR guru Mark Borkowski and Nineties Woman Rosie Wilby.
Wednesday, July 3: Verbatim Theatre artist Louise Wallinger.
Thursday, July 4: Jewish comedian Ivor Dembina.
Friday, July 5: Seminal soloist Claire Dowie and Theatre Poet Kay Adshead.
Saturday, July 6: Physical performer Peta Lily and Verbal virtuoso Jack Klaff.

Every night there will be a full supporting programme of short pieces by outstanding new performers, including talented new performers discovered during the 2012 festival.

Sunday, July 7: The festival finale is a day devoted to new solo performances for audiences of just 1 – unique one-to-one encounters with many of the featured headline performers and special guests. Audiences will get four experiences out of a possible eight in an unforgettable hour. These include The Dylan Tarot by Claire Dowie and The Dream Teller by Louise Wallinger.

Over the past 30 years, Face to Face Theatre Festival Director Colin Watkeys has specialised in producing and directing solo theatre and writers who perform their own work. He is now part of a world movement that recognises that solo performance possesses a unique quality of vision in theatre.

The Face to Face Festival celebrates the very best in solo theatre and nurtures future solo performers. New and emerging artists perform alongside experienced professionals and exciting new work plays opposite classic solo pieces. There are also training opportunities for new performers to take part in workshops and both create and present their first solos.

The Second Face to Face Festival is produced by The LOST Theatre and Colin Watkeys.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1680 or online at or

Times: July 1 to July 6 at 7.30pm; Festival Finale (July 7) from 2pm to 8pm.