Katie Arnstein

‘It’s taught me to be brave’: Katie Arnstein brings her play Sticky Door to the VAULT Festival

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Katie Arnstein is an award-winning writer and performer. Her latest play, Sticky Door, the final part of her It’s a Girl! trilogy, will be performed at the VAULT Festival next month. I caught up with Katie to find out more.

How did you first get involved in theatre?
I was very lucky when I was little – my parents used to take me to the theatre to see shows and I used to go to The Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre when I was very young. I also used to put on shows for my parents where I wore a cape and a Mickey Mouse hat and I would sing what I saw (lucky Mum and Dad). I didn’t know you could go to drama school and train until I was having my careers advice at school. My school had a wicked drama department and the school shows were incredible. I applied to drama schools outside of London (actually, my Mum filled in a lot of the applications because I didn’t think I was good enough to apply) and got into Birmingham School of Acting.

Can you tell me about Sticky Door?
Sticky Door is the third storytelling show I have written and like all the shows I’ve made is semi-autobiographical. It tells the story about the year I wanted to “Casanova” myself around London looking for a no-strings attached lover for every month. It is a storytelling comedy with original songs created by an all-female team, including Ellen Havard and Beccy D’Souza.

What prompted you to write the show?
Several things fitted together for this show. I wanted my pieces to become a storytelling trilogy, I wanted to discuss being a sexual woman and what that means for me and how others view that; I always focus on the everyday sexism that women are faced with just for living their own dang lives. I wanted to add my voice to the growing calls for change, I hope Sticky Door does that.

What have you learned from the It’s a Girl! Trilogy so far?
That’s a lovely question. I have learnt a huge amount in different aspects of the process. Writing Bicycles and Fish (Part 1) started as a 20-minute scratch piece and I just wanted to write something that I wanted to act in (after a run of hard/bad/unfulfilling jobs), to see if I could. The trilogy (Bicycles and Fish, Sexy Lamp and Sticky Door) has been about finding my voice and then raising it. It’s taught me to be brave, to find like-minded people to create with and find as many people as possible to perform to. It’s also taught me that there is a sort of shared experience that women have, but I rarely see it on stage or screen and I hope this changes soon. It’s changed my life to be honest.

What can audiences expect from the show?
They can expect to be looked after and be told a story that I hope will make them laugh. If they have seen Bicycles and Fish or Sexy Lamp before, there are a few extra Easter eggs, if not, it is a comedy with songs about finding out who you are and who you want to be.

What would you like Sticky Door to achieve?
A six-part Netflix/BBC comedy drama series where I am played by Cate Blanchett*

*Failing this, I hope that Sticky Door will be able to make people laugh, maybe cry a little and feel supported. I would love to tour it in 2021 and get it to as many people as possible but in the here and now I am just looking forward to sharing my story with the magical audiences of VAULT Festival.

Sticky Door runs at VAULT Festival from Tuesday 11 – Sunday 16 Feb 2020.

Photo credit: Simon Jefferis

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Kirsty Herrington
Kirsty Herrington is a blogger who fell in love with theatre at a young age and spent the majority of her student loan on tickets to West End Shows while she was at university. She began reviewing regularly for fellow MyTheatreMates’ sites Love London Love Culture, Jonathan Baz Review, London Theatre Reviews and Mind the Blog before setting up her own site From Page to Stage in 2018. With a background in journalism and a keen enthusiasm for both plays and musicals, Kirsty often reviews productions in London and East Anglia. She tweets via @kherrington83.
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Kirsty Herrington
Kirsty Herrington is a blogger who fell in love with theatre at a young age and spent the majority of her student loan on tickets to West End Shows while she was at university. She began reviewing regularly for fellow MyTheatreMates’ sites Love London Love Culture, Jonathan Baz Review, London Theatre Reviews and Mind the Blog before setting up her own site From Page to Stage in 2018. With a background in journalism and a keen enthusiasm for both plays and musicals, Kirsty often reviews productions in London and East Anglia. She tweets via @kherrington83.

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