After success with Caravan Theatre, now returned for a third year at VAULT, Robin Linde Productions presents All Boxed Up, Sammy Kissin’s seriously surreal black comedy running for six performances only at Waterloo East Theatre at the conclusion of this year’s festival. Learn more below – and then get booking!
“But, cream rises you know, and turds sink (most of the time) and you can throw all the freebies and jingles you like at a thing but if a brand’s mascot ain’t got it, then they ain’t got it.”
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.
Although not a superstar herself, she’s a survivor and supreme mistress of re-invention. She hitchhikes her way to eminence and the high life. But 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?
What is there left for a widowed chameleon? Can she adapt to these most challenging of times, can she remain relevant and at what cost? Who is she now that her protector is gone and what is left of her after so many re-imaginations? These are all questions to be explored in a new drama – a surreal world where memoir meets film-noir.
All Boxed Up looks at how we sell and are sold to. How does today’s a changing landscape of media and sales affect the way we look at each other and how we communicate. This new black comedy is written by Sammy Kissin, performed by Robin Steegman and directed by David Kirkbride.
Sammy Kissin is a writer and performer who looks for absurdity in the everyday. Sammy studied at Manchester, trained as an actor at LAMDA and lives on a barge on the Thames. She has had her work performed at the Old Red Lion, Rye Arts Festival, Merge Festival and The Vault Festival several years running. All Boxed Up is her first full-length play.
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.
Director David Kirkbride is also an actor who has performed at the National Theatre in shows such as Pinocchio and Othello. He worked on Shrapnel at the Arcola and recently finished a tour of The Crucible. He’s also starred in multiple TV and film roles. He recently was in the award-winning Lady Macbeth and the final series of Sherlock. David has been directing and assistant directing since the age of 15 when he started creating theatre shows. He was the Assistant Director of the Arden Theatre Company from 2003-7 and then helped create Vivid Theatre Company from 2007-2010. He has continued to work and direct shows for The Caravan, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Arc, Richmix and the Union Theatre including various schools, colleges and universities. David trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This is his first show at the Vaults.
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!