Blue, Sycorax Collective’s hit one-woman show, returns to the stage this summer following a five-star debut at last year’s Camden Fringe. Book your tickets now.
Created by actress, puppeteer and writer Kim Scopes, Blue runs at Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford on 22 June 2019 as part of Offbeat Festival, and at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London from 30 June to 1 July.
Blue is an abstract, one-woman show about a woman who lives on the moon. Using poetry, clowning and a lobster called Spock, it explores living with anxiety and depression, and the importance of reaching out when you’re not okay.
The production is a journey of isolation, created drawing on Scopes’ own experiences and through collecting examples of what it is like to live with these conditions. The fun and engaging interactive show aims to provide hope for audience members struggling with those conditions and education for those not, while entertaining everyone.
Speaking to My Theatre Mates last year about creating the production, Scopes said:
I was going through a particularly tough time a few years ago. I had withdrawn from the people around me, and I was too humiliated and ashamed to open up and tell people what was going on. I’d also had a couple of really negative experiences with people, including GPs, who told me to me ‘just cheer up’ or belittled my concerns. So, I was terrified that trying to open up again would just end up the same way.
I started to write about how I’d been feeling, what it had been like to suffer in silence and withdraw, what it had been like to be afraid to speak out after having been knocked back in the past. I ended up writing a poem as a response to the many times I had been told to ‘just cheer up’, that likened the idea of ‘just being happy’ to just being on the Moon and how ridiculous that rhetoric seemed.
I’m quite a visual person, and the image of a person stuck on the Moon kept popping into my mind whenever I started to write again. Before I knew it, another poem, about a woman who lived on the Moon, became a short play about a woman who lived on the Moon and didn’t know how to get home.
When it was staged at Camden Fringe, the production received a wealth of positive reviews, including ★★★★★ from The Upcoming, who called it “Clever, funny, beautiful” and ★★★★ from Remote Goat, who praised it for being “Charming, original and informative.”
Holli Dillon, who has worked with companies including the National Theatre, Theatre Deli, The Crystal Maze and BBC, directs the production. Actor and puppeteer Andrew James Spooner, who counts Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets Most Wanted among his credits, lends his vocal talents to the piece.
Offbeat Festival celebrates new theatre, comedy, dance, family show, spoken word and music running at four venues across Oxford between 17 and 29 June. It also features Rowan Padmore‘s new play about bereavement and loneliness Run Stanley Run and the Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam.
Blue is part of a busy summer season at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre that also includes a love-spreading panto Dame in the form of Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow, BoxLess Theatre’s tale of a young woman on the verge of adulthood Hedgehog, tale of mental health within the LGBTQ+ community Fast Love and Elegy Theatre’s tale of online escapism Holy Land.
Blue runs at the Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ on Saturday 22 June at 4.30pm. Tickets are priced £8. It also runs at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2ED from 30 June to 1 July with performances on Sunday 5pm and Monday 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!