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Third Face to Face Festival - LOST Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre enters its third year at LOST Theatre in south London, with New Shoots, a week-long celebration (July 8 to July 13, 2014) of new performers, new performances and new ideas.

Among the many highlights, Deirdre Strath will celebrate the life of baking guru Betty Crocker in Betty Has To Go Now; Claire Dowie’s classic Adult Child/Dead Child will be performed by an international company of solo performers; and The Helen Project is an extraordinary modern re-imagining of the Helen of Troy story retold by five different Helens.

Full schedule

Tuesday, July 8 at 7.30pm.

New work from exciting new performers including: Martin Stewart; Ayesha Casely Hayford; Marysia Trembecka; Mass Lindsay; Lesley Wilson; Tom Bland; Lola Kotey and Madlena Nedeva.

Wednesday, July 9 at 7.30pm.

The best of the new writing submitted to the Face to Face Festival: Atar Hadari’s Three Sides of a Fence; Deborah Klayman’s Crossing Lines; Robert Crighton’s Shakespeare Delusion and Peta Lily’s Imperfection.

Thursday, July 10 at 7.30pm.

Claire Dowie’s classic Adult Child/Dead Child performed by an international company of solo performers and Kay Adshead’s new plays Happy Ending and Three Lotus Flowers performed by Jody Jameson and Eugenia Low.

Friday, July 11 at 7.30pm.

The Helen Project created by Megan Cohen and Amy Clare Tasker; an extraordinary, modern re-imagining of the Helen of Troy story retold by no less than five different Helens (also presented as a one-to-one experience on Sunday, July 13).

Saturday, July 12 at 7.30pm.

Jack Klaff directs Sian Webber as Martha Gelhorn – war correspondent. Deborah Klayman performs Civil. Award-winning Meher Awachri from Tunisia presents new work. Deirdre Strath celebrates baking guru Betty Crocker in Betty Has To Go Now.

Sunday, July 13 from 2pm – 8pm.

Do you dare spend time alone with an artist ? Experience a variety of encounters over the course of an extraordinary hour. One-to-one experiences on offer feature Claire Dowie’s Dylan Tarot; In Your Dreams; The Helen Project (Immersive 1 to 1); Half Baked and a main house theatre installation from Greece: Olga Pozeli’s I Remember. Eight tickets are available each hour at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm and 7pm.

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, and new and emerging artists perform alongside experienced professionals. 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.

Colin Watkeys first created Solo Theatre on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Nica Burns in Dulcima in 1982 (originally there was another non-speaking role later cut). Since then he has worked with young writers at the Royal Court Theatre and solo performers at the Finborough Cabaret from 1982 – 1988.

Watkeys also directed all of the solo theatre created by award-winning performers Claire Dowie and the legendary Ken Campbell as well as work by Stephen Oxley; Guy Dartnell; Jeremy Stockwell; Peta Lily and Jack Klaff (the award-winning Jack the Knife).

Presented by LOST Theatre and Colin Watkeys, the Face to Face Festival is funded by Arts Council England.

Tickets: £5 (plus booking fee online), no booking fee if bought in person. To book, call the box office on 0844 847 1680 or visit www.solotheatrefestival.co.uk/.