The annual FIRST Festival of Solo Performances returns to London’s Tristan Bates for its fifth year. Steve Furst’s one-man comedy show Steve Furst: In Character headlines the festival, which includes 25 shows and 50 performances over three weeks from 11 to 29 April 2017.
Other production highlights in the festival season include: Jack Thorne’s one-woman monologue Bunny, Michael Punter’s The Long Lost Gospel of Pontius Pilate and Kelly Burke’s Zelda.
FIRST Festival of Solo Performance is Tristan Bates Theatre’s annual Festival of Solo Performances, first curated in 2013 gaining the support of Arts Council England in 2014. It has showcased work by Fringe First Award winner Patrice Naiambana, Adelaide Festival Award-winner Lucy Hopkins, innovative emerging performers Molly Naylor and Ira Brand, Bristol Residence artist Ed Rapley, magician Ali Cook, poetry from Phill Jupitus and comedy from Shappi Khorsandi among many others. It returns for its fifth and biggest year yet with a packed programme of shows including the headliner – Steve Furst: In Character.
Matthew Keeler, creative producer, commented: “This year is our biggest FIRST festival yet. In addition to myriad workshops, readings and discussions. I could not be more thrilled that acclaimed comedian and actor Steve Furst will be headlining and kicking-off this year’s festival with his hilarious, multi-character extravaganza, Steve Furst: In Character.”
Steve Furst‘s one-man show comprises a hysterical series of different characters from waltzer-owner Ernie Vas, to Furst’s latest creation, The Mayor of Kentish Town, a fast-talking no-nonsense local politician. Steve Furst’s theatre credits include Matilda and Made in Dagenham. He has appeared on Little Britain and The Wright Stuff. Directed by Andrew Keates (As Is, Dessa Rose at Trafalgar Studios, the forthcoming Chinglish at Park Theatre).
Steve Furst said:
“Tristan Bates is the perfect, intimate theatre for a solo multi-character show like mine and to be headlining such a brilliant festival is a real honour!”
Other shows in the festival performance schedule are:
- Hervé – by Michael Birch and Hervé Goffings. Directed by Michael Birch. Performed by Hervé Goffings
- Bunny – by Jack Thorne. Directed by Lucy Curtis. Performed by Catherine Lamb
- The Lost Gospel of Pontius Pilate – written and directed by Michael Punter. Performed by Duncan Brown
- Eglantyne – written and performed by Anne Chamberlain. Directed by KC Kelly
- London-Paris-Roam! – written and performed by Sarah Tullamore. Directed by Frédéric Baptiste
- Zelda – written and performed by Kelly Burke. Directed by Robert F. Gross
- Rubber Ring – written and performed by James McDermott. Directed by Siobhan James-Elliott.
- Sari: The Whole 5 Yards – written and directed by Preethi Nair. Directed by Elle de Burgh.
- Queen of the F*cking World – written and performed by Marysia Trembecka. Directed by Colin Watkeys.
- About Heroes – performed by Juha Leppajarvi.
- Drawn In – by (Speechless) Theatre Company
- CTRL+ALT+DELETE – written and performed by Emma Packer. Directed by Katherine Hayes.
- Love and then Lighthouses – by Drunken Chorus
The festival will also include Character Solos, FIRST Outings and two play readings from Velvet Trumpet, in addition to workshops exploring the idea of the ‘solo show’.