What kind of show takes you to the moon with a lobster named Spock? The answer is BLUE, a one-woman abstract fairy tale created by new theatre company Sycorax Collective that explores mental health and the importance of reaching out when you’re not okay. It premieres at this year’s Camden Fringe.
New theatre company Sycorax Collective, founded by Kim Scopes and Holli Dillon, debut at this year’s Camden Fringe, with their inaugural production, BLUE, running 15 to 19 August 2018 at London’s Etcetera Theatre
BLUE is an abstract fairy tale for adults about a woman who lives on the moon. Using poetry, clowning, cardboard and a lobster called Spock, this one-woman show, written and performed by Kim Scopes, explores experiences with mental health and the importance of reaching out when you’re not okay.
She’s up on the Moon,
Will she get home,
BLUE is directed by Holli Dillon and features the vocal talents of Andrew James Spooner and Aiysha Nugent-Robinson. The premiere production has lighting by Emily Keeble, movement by Malik Ibheis and original music by Andrea Giordani, who also acts as puppetry director.
The play was created collaboratively and by facilitating community workshops in Slough, with the generous support of Slough CVS, HOME Slough, Creative Junction and Aik-Saath and funding by the Arts Council England.
As a thank-you to all of the participants of their workshops in Slough, ahead of the Camden Fringe run, the Sycorax Collective will host a free work-in-progress performance of BLUE at The Curve, Slough on 3 August 2018 at 7pm.
About Sycorax Collective
The Sycorax Collective are a brand-new theatre company dedicated to creating imaginative and compelling work, unafraid to delve into the grotesque and taboo to tell enthralling stories and explore social issues and is made up of actress, poet, model, clown and director Holli Dillon and actress, puppeteer and writer Kim Scopes.
And doesn’t every young company have a “mascot, motivational speaker and stunt double”? That would be Spock, the lobster.
Kim Scopes is an actress, puppeteer and writer whose previous credits include ‘A Christmas Carol’ starring Jim Broadbent, ITV’s ‘NEWZOIDS’ and ‘Boris & Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure’ with Flabbergast Theatre. She has been a supported artist with Finger in the Pie, previously run by Alexander Parsonage and Flavia Fraser-Cannon.
Holli Dillon is an acclaimed performer and director. In her personal career, she has worked with the likes of the BBC, ITV, Central School of Speech and Drama, the Crystal Maze, National Theatre, Theatre Deli and Warner Brothers.
Andrew James Spooner is an actor, puppeteer, voice-over artist and puppetry consultant. He performs as Furgus Fuzz on Cbeebies ‘The Furchester Hotel’ and previous credits include ‘Muppet Treasure Island’, ‘101 Dalmations and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’. Aiysha Nugent-Robinson is an actress, puppeteer and teacher whose credits include CBeebies ‘The Furchester Hotel’, ITV’s ‘NEWZOIDS’ and ‘Becca’s Bunch’ for Nickeodeon.