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Travelling Light. A One Woman Show

What is it ?
Travelling Light is  a feast  of  poetic story-telling binding three generations of women, through a gritty and moving autobiographical account of a fractious and touching mother/daughter relationship.
It is a multi- artformed account of a mother, daughter of a Windrush Migrant from the Island of Nevis , who is reunited with her own mother after  60 years of seperation. But it is her daughter, the poet performer who retells this story  through her own eyes and  the mouths of  other ‘factional’ characters who bring the show to dynamic life.

The Inspiration
“The idea for the show came from my life experiences of growing up an only child of a single parent from a scattered Caribbean family circumstance in North London. On our first trip to the island of Nevis in August 2009, we discovered that my mothers mother had been living for the past 45 years in the South East of London. She’s 82 and still alive. Incredible. ” – Zena Edwards

The Performance
Travelling light is a docu-poem unfolding the moving autobiographical story, the show unpacks the paradoxes that  haunt and  challenge gender definition and role playing in society. Through the crafts of poetry/spoken word, visuals, song, movement and blogging, Zena Edwards propels the audience through a time warp of evolution  in Womanhood, touching on themes of  sex, domestic violence,  love relationships, race, illusion and  the dreams and aspirations of a young  woman though some of the most challenging eras of modern Womanhood.

Travelling Light  & ©V:iD
TL’s multi-artform  delivery and the universal nature of it’s content is a good example of the kind of work that adheres to ©V:iD  mission.  The R&D stages of TL involves participartory workshops and  collaborations with other in the UK and internationally artists.

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The Science of Storytelling

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 There is always a good reason to tell a story, to sit down and listen to a story, to be the storyteller. One of the best reasons is because we can escape and venture  to other worlds with heros and protaganists we can love, hate or replace with our own secret wanna- be selves. But it can’t get any better when someone scientifically breaks it down as to why  reading and hearing stories are good for your health. This article – “The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains” – gives you the lowdown on why we should get healthy doses of stories for our brain’s development and health. This is great news for ©V:iD as it’s in the business of telling stories by any means necessary!

HKB Finn and Leeto Thale – Conversations performances

The objective of Conversation performances is to expose an audience to a high quality musical, spoken word and visual experience. How? True to any conversation, the freedom to contribute with an opinion on a theme allows the audience to be taken on a genuine journey as poets, visual artists, musicians and dancers respond to each other; with movement, lyricism, instrumental soloing and selective imaging.

Also, our shows work in a way where an organic dialogue between the artists on stage and the audience create a sense of community. Using clever poetic and musical gaming the audience becomes integrated into the performance itself. Don’t be afraid. You’ll be enjoying the vibe. You won’t even know its happening.

Importantly, many professional artists are constantly looking for places to develop and generate work they can add to their repertoire. Conversations provides them with a rehearsal space to experiment new work with others and a platform to share. Its important to stress that the artistic emphasis of Conversations is to explore creative process, enhance the collaborative relationship between the art forms and generate new and exciting work.
However, from a commercial perspective, the process in performance is the product. Sounds risky, but that’s why it works!

Albany Conversations: It’s My Life, Innit? – Sept 2009

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK

“… there is true complicity between all the performers on
the stage and the excitement of the unexpected is electric. As an audience you feel that a space has opened up for true dialogue, a real exchange of passions and ideas… What emerges is a new artform, that is not quite song, not quite poetry, not quite jazz but the point where all three meet in conversation.”

Antonia Windsor, journalist for The Guardian newspaper

“Thought provoking, relevant, and a great way to spend a Friday evening.”

“Creative and Fun!”

“Original and exciting, great vibe.”

“Great concept, perfectly executed.”

“The vibe , the respect, the poetical and musical talent, the incredible improv, this is the most brilliant night!”

“Inspirational and then some.”

“Brilliant mixture of very talented people.”

“Nice Vibe, innovative performances and audience participation.”

“Everybody worked as a team and ended up producing some real, beautiful art.”

“The talent filled me up with the food of music and poetry of Love.”

“Liked the freestyle, the combination of music, spoken word and audience involvement.”

” It wasn’t just a poetry event, it felt more like a poetry/song performance and I liked the fluidity.”

” I love spoken word and this was a well put together production.”

“Great, creative teamwork on stage that still engaged the audience.”

“Inspiring, dynamic and expressive.”

“Refreshing, inspiring, entertaining.”

“Interesting and stimulating.”

“To put poetry and music like that was great to hear.”

” Excellent performances and good ideas.”

– Audience Responses


Security – A one Woman Showdown

Z_cam“SECURITY” is a comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship which confronts the issue of security and identity through a fusion of performance poetry, hip hop theatre, movement and song. It’s the chaotic stories of four ordinary characters, four extraordinary people with stories of resilience and evolution. They live in Tottenham but their stories could be about any inner city areas such as London, Handsworth, Liverpool.

In 2009, I was commissioned by The Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Apples and Snakes Poetry Organisation to write a show pushing the boundaries of poetry in performance. It took nearly 2 years to write as I had to learn what it meant to come out from behind a microphone as a poet and fill a whole theatre space with the presence of characters i was also responsible for incanting.

Metamorphing between characters, using clever dialogue and challenging myself as a performer and writer, I fused poetic language to a fast-paced and intensely stirring monologue to delivery an engaging one hour five minute show.  Post shows, I’d have people telling me they forgot I was a woman when I played the male parts because they were so engrossed in the story. I had to offer tissues for tears.

The Participation work has held the most drama for me, as photography, writing and telling stories are may passion and enabling others to tell their stories is just as satisfying is creating my own.

Find out more about the Security participation.

“Security” is a concept that unites what is real and what is imagined. The entire project includes a book, a film, a workshop program, a forum, a journey.”

Reviews

“As a performer and writer, Zena Edwards takes storytelling into the twenty-first century.” –  Sara Hirsh, Pure Poetry

“Edwards is a superb performer, equally at ease as an elderly Caribbean man, as a would-be teenage MC, Ayleen, or as a lonely 47-year-old Palestinian photographer, Mahmoud.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“I was kind of expecting it to be good and technically impressive.
Well, it’s much better than good – I’d say that if you are interested in spoken word, poetry, story-telling, theatre and or performance arts in general, this is pretty much essential viewing. I laughed and I did cry and moments from the show come back to me with relevance and intensity and I think they will for a long time to come.” – Francesca Beard

For more online reviews, click

www.afridiziak.com/theatrenews/reviews/review-security

www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/security

~ Zena

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