INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… producer & performer Robin Steegman as she gets All Boxed Up

In Comedy, Features, Festivals, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Plays, Quotes, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Robin (Linde) Steegman follows her VAULT success with Caravan Theatre with the full-length premiere of Sammy Kissin’s one-woman black comedy All Boxed Up, which she performs as well as produces. Read our interview with Robin – covering the new show, her advertising pet peeves and the attractions of site-specific theatre – and then get booking!

It’s Big Tony’s Big wake and we are all here to celebrate his life, his achievements, his triumphs. With Mr Kipling Cakes on tap and surrounded by the crème de la crème of the commercial Universe, his heartbroken widow takes us on a rollercoaster journey through the golden age of advertising. What happens at the tail end of forty years in this cut-throat world, when the era of mascots, jingles and sugary cereals seems all but over?

All Boxed Up looks at today’s changing media landscape and how it affects how we communicate. This new black comedy is written by Sammy Kissin, performed by Robin Steegman and directed by David Kirkbride.

Caravan Theatre presents to 20-minute plays to nine people at a time

After graduating from Guildhall, Robin (Linde) Steegman founded Robin Linde Productions in 2014 after having been co-artistic director of the Nursery Theatre for five years. Aside from acting, Robin is a performance-maker/programmer focussed on site-specific and site-responsive work that takes place in different spaces, provides an intimate theatrical experience, and reaches audiences that would not typically go to the theatre.

Aside from various site-specific performances mainly commissioned for and by the SE1 community, Robin Linde Productions created the Caravan Theatre in 2015. Robin aims to work with emerging writers, directors and actors to create new contemporary plays, films, performances and monologues.

During the VAULT Festival, All Boxed Up runs at Waterloo East Theatre from Wednesday 14 March to Sunday 18 March 2018, with performances (45 minutes) nightly at 6.05pm and a 3pm matinee on Saturday 17 March. Tickets are priced £11.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

What made you want to both produce and perform this play?

Having worked on a shorter version of this piece with Sammy and Dave before, I was very keen to explore the story and character further.

What are the biggest challenges in performing a solo piece?

The most obvious thing is that you are fully alone ‘out there’ on. Aside from that, the challenge is to carry the story in a way that the audience is with you. To do the storyline justice and to be clear enough for the audience to experience what we have intended.

All Boxed Up runs at Waterloo East Theatre during VAULT Festival 2018

Advertising plays a key role in All Boxed Up. What peeves you about advertising? 

Working on this piece has been interesting as we realised how much certain adverts, from when we were kids, are deeply engraved in our memories. The power of adverts ‘back in the day’ on TV was huge, probably still is for those who watch TV, but of course, a lot has changed. For me personally, branding, marketing, advertising, it fascinates me and terrifies me at the same time. I believe, half of the time, I probably am not fully aware of how I am being sold to.

Currently, with social media and ‘influencers’ it gets even scarier. We think we’re following ‘just normal’ people and are enjoying the sense of reality – at the same time, sponsorship and ads are inserted and we’re being sold to constantly. This is definitely not something new – however, it can still surprise me.

Tell us about Robin Linde Productions. What’s your mission?

My mission is to be able to tell stories in various ways. To have the creative and financial ability to deliver projects with the most appropriate and artistically exciting team.

What’s the difference between site-specific and site-responsive work? What attracts you to this type of work?

This very much links to the Caravan Theatre – as it is mobile, it serves a site-specific aspect, however, the inside of the Caravan Theatre is not something the audience expects. The way it is designed serves the senses, in my opinion, in a way that many different stories can be brought to life with not much else, i.e. set, props etc. Aside from that, I have worked on a few projects in the auditorium at Bold Tendencies, Peckham. To me, this space also encourages a minimalistic sense of performing. With both the Caravan and Bold Tendencies, the work, the acting, the audience respond to the location – amplifying the essence of why we’re there: presenting a story.

Why is your work concentrated around SE1? What, if anything, is unique about this postcode and community?

It started as pure coincidence. When I was co-artistic director at the Nursery Theatre, we had a venue inside one of the arches in SE1. This led to a connection with MERGE Festival and I have been lucky enough to work with them a lot since. Quite early on, I got to know VAULT and, after having created the Caravan Theatre, I felt that I had something to suggest to them.

All Boxed Up is my first project inside a theatre, and I very much look forward to performing at Waterloo East Theatre. It’s a joy to still be in the area!

Why do you like bringing your shows to VAULT Festival?

I think VAULT is a very good example of when the core of production is solid and supportive – the result of that brings a very exciting, vibrant, necessary and thrilling couple of months. Everything from the audience, fellow performers and creators, the production team to the bar staff and festival assistants, it’s an incredible bunch of people that I’m proud to be part of.

During the VAULT Festival, All Boxed Up runs at Waterloo East Theatre from Wednesday 14 March to Sunday 18 March 2018, with performances (45 minutes) nightly at 6.05pm and a 3pm matinee on Saturday 17 March. Tickets are priced £11.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Press Releases on Twitter
Press Releases
MyTheatreMates publishes a selection of daily press releases sent to us by publicists of the relevant show or theatre. We are not responsible for any inaccuracies contained within these materials.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Press Releases on Twitter
Press Releases
MyTheatreMates publishes a selection of daily press releases sent to us by publicists of the relevant show or theatre. We are not responsible for any inaccuracies contained within these materials.