Vulnerability- The Process 3

Feb 27 2017

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Ed Rapley

Hooray! Today was a Work In Progress Play Day!

And what a brilliant day it was, playing in amongst the clashing patterns of The Brunswick Working Men’s Club with collaborators Liz Clarke and Ed Rapley. After distilling this months research and writing into a pile of performance propositions, we warmed up together, before I romped through 4 improvised solo shows, pausing in between for Ed and Liz's feedback.

1.) The Lion and the Pangolin (20 minutes)- starting with a poem I wrote last night, inspired by a photo I saw at the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition (below), I spent 20 minutes exploring the poem from every angle.

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Lance van de Vyver

2.) The Simple and Non-extraordinary Show (10 minutes), emerging from the feedback from the previous show, I did very little.

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Liz Clarke

3.) Randomly Selected Material From The Show Book (one hour)- Including conversations with my boyfriend, getting to know my mum more on a family history quest to her home town of Sunderland last summer, a parade of vulnerability-avoiding addictions and live feedback with the audience to reveal the assumptions that were blocking our connection.

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Liz Clarke

4.) Carefully Selected Material From The Show Book (one hour)- Riffing on ‘resilience’, 2 personal stories about vulnerability (chosen by Ed and Liz from a long list), an introduction to Shame (embodying Shame as a character and having a chat), a rant on the importance of connection and a folk song, sung to a squirming Shame.

Holly Stoppit
Image credit: Ed Rapley

We all agreed that I am not short on material! We still have a stack of performance propositions to explore on Wednesday, before selecting what I might perform on Sunday. Watch this space for the next update.

Come and see the show on Sunday 5th March at 7.30 at The Wardrobe Theatre. Pay what you decide at the end. Venue info here.

Facebook event here.

More about Holly Stoppit's Work In Progress here.

Holly Stoppit menu