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Alphabetti Presents 

Response Fest

Thurs 30th May – Sat 1st June

Performance Time: 7.30pm

​Tickets: Pay What You Feel (booking essential)

Running Time: Approx. 90 mins (including two 10 minute intervals)

Content Warnings: This performance may contain themes and language that some audiences may find upsetting and distressing for more information please contact the theatre.

From Screen to Stage, artists respond to the landmark of feminist film the 1991 cult classic Thelma and Louise

Response Fest: To Thelma and Louise – featuring Diji Solanke, Harrison Rowley-Lynn & WE MADE A PACT by Sarah Rumfitt, performed by Eleanor Beck, directed by Gemma Martin.

Thanks to some generous support from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Alphabetti Theatre have been able to commission two artists and run one writing competition – each team have been given a mentor and have worked to the stimulus of Thelma and Louise, A landmark of feminist cinema, Callie Khouri’s film is an uncompromising look into the contemporary female experience, picking apart chauvinist male attitudes to aspire for a better tomorrow. It remains as relevant as ever. Alphabetti Theatre are screening it as part of our cult cinema club on Tuesday 28th & Wed 29th May - BOOK HERE

 

During this Response Fest we have:

Diji Solanke

 

Diji was born in Nigeria. He grew up in Ireland and has lived in Newcastle for over a decade. He is heavily influenced by Jazz, folk, Neo soul. He’s been an associate artist with Alphabetti for nearly 9 years having performed in all of the Alphabetti Theatre venues.

His main goal in life right now is to tour the world playing good music and eating nice food.

He loves finding new music almost as much as he likes eating.

He really likes Ani Difranco, Frank Ocean, Lucy Rose, Alfa Mist.

Oh and his favourite colour is yellow.

 

Diji has been mentored for this project by Louie Ingham.

 

 

The winning script from the Response Writing competition is We Made A Pact by Sarah Rumfitt. It’s being performed by Eleanor Beck, directed by Gemma Martin, mentored by Paula Penman.

 

Eleanor Beck is an actor and artist from Northumberland. Her practise is based around a love of stories, collaboration and acting the fool. When she’s not performing Eleanor can be found in her workshop making costumes, puppets and a fantastic cup of tea. 

Recent performance credits include: Nails (Newcastle Film Club), 6ft Deceit (Blue Sea Pictures), Worlds Apart (Research and development, Woven Nest), Fire and Water (Cloud Nine)

 

Jemma Martin is a creative and actor from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and graduate from the Acting CDT course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She enjoys developing her own new writing and working within an ensemble to create something special together. Some of her credits include: Response piece to Angela (Alphabetti, Director) Impulse (Live Theatre, actor) Four new plays (Durham Fringe, Director), Try A Little Tenderness (Alphabetti Theatre, Writer), White Girls Gang (NDT Broadgate, R&D ensemble), Promiscuous cities (RCSSD, actor) and The Riot Act (National Theatre, R&D ensemble).  

Harrison Rowley-Lynn

Harrison Rowley-Lynn is a young, queer performer and facilitator based in the North East. Some of her recent credits include Night Classes (Unfolding Theatre), Soapbox Racer (Alphabetti) and SketchSlap (SoreSlap), most recently she received a micro commission as guest artist for gobscure’s play hope is a 4 letter word (Alphabetti). She facilitates with a number of organisations across the North East, working primarily with young people. Harrison is very excited to be a part of this project! 

 

Harrison has been mentored for this project by Louie Ingham.

 

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