Folk horror comedian Katy Schutte brings her one-woman show Let’s Summon Demons, which she’s written and performs, to London next month for the final week of this year’s VAULT Festival. It runs 13 to 17 March 2019 before transferring to Brighton Fringe in May. Time to get booking… if you dare!
Is it wise to ask the questions you always wanted to ask?
Let’s Summon Demons is a semi-immersive folk horror play, performed in the round. It examines our attitudes to ritual, to revenge and to the uprising of female power. Can community lead to mob mentality? What are ghosts and demons and do they come from below or from within? If you stare into the abyss, can you come back?
Audiences are invited to join Katy’s coven for one night to encounter comedy, folk horror and – perhaps – some demons. The production is directed by John Henry Falle.
When she was in her early 20s, writer/performer Katy Schutte was in a working coven, where she became a third degree Gardnerian/Alexandrian witch. Her grandmother owned and ran a (haunted) Bed & Breakfast in Wales where the dog would bark at nobody on the stairwell and guests complained of hands around their neck in Room 4. Katy is a Funny Women finalist and her last show Schutte the Unromantic was nominated for the 2018 Best Comedy Show Latest Award at Brighton Fringe. Katy is a world-renowned improviser, a member of Knightmare Live, creator and star of the Ghostbusters musical Who Ya Gonna Call? and improviser in the award-winning Maydays.
What the critics say
- ★★★★★ “666 out of 666! Was it a dark piece of drama of spiritual possession and reincarnation? Was it a spoof? Turns out it was all three, with a dose of black comedy thrown in for good measure” – Simon Ball, The Horror Hothouse
- ★★★★ “A gripping, creative and immersive experience” – Annie Power, London Pub Theatres
- “Perfectly pitched and delivered” – Jim Peters, Folk Horror Revival
- ★★★★★ “Funny, original & wonderfully dark” – Nicholas Vince
- “It’s hard to say exactly where Rowan’s downfall occurs because Schutte handles the spiral into delusion with such grace and subtlety that I had a hard time remembering where the laughter stopped” – Rowena Price, Stroud Theatre Festival Reviews
At the 2019 VAULT Festival, Let’s Summon Demons runs from 13 to 17 March, with nightly performances (1 hour) at 9.20pm and a matinee on Saturday 16 March at 4.50pm. It runs in the Pit at The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN. Tickets are £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
More about Katy Schutte
Katy Schutte‘s eclectic career to date has seen her crisscrossing the boundaries between theatre, sketch comedy and improvisation as well as television and teaching.
Theatre – Katy performed in site-specific immersive theatre show The Butcher of Baker Street for Forked Path as part of Theatre Delicatessen’s Spaced. In 2012-13, Katy co-created and directed The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike starring Fringe First winner Laura Mugridge. She also made three interactive audio shows with Tony Harris for The Campsite at the Ipswich Pulse Festival, the Natural History Museum and with Curating Cambridge.
Katy performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 and 2014 with her first musical Who Ya Gonna Call?, which received rave reviews and left standing room only. In 2014 she created Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show, which returned to Edinburgh in 2015, and made her first solo theatre show I Have an Idea for a Film. Katy has recently been performing in Knightmare Live, Happily Never After and her award-nominated stand-up and storytelling show Schutte the Unromantic. She is currently performing her semi-immersive folk horror play entitled Let’s Summon Demons.
Improvisation – Katy has been one of The Maydays since 2004 and is currently Co-Artistic Director, she is half of sci-fi improv duo Project2 and plays in podcast Destination. She played in slow burn long form show Katy and Rach for over a decade, has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and has guested in countless shows including Messing with a Friend, Criminal, the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro, Séance Fiction, Whirled News Tonight and The Armando Diaz Experience. Katy has written a book called The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook which is published by Nick Hern Books.
Sketch Comedy – For two years, Katy performed with and wrote for Brighton sketch satire company the Treason Show. In 2011 she wrote and performed with Fringe First winner and Perrier nominee NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre. She starred in online educational comedy shorts series History Bombs, which won a BAFTA.
Onscreen & online – Katy acts in TV and online ads for brands such as Giffgaff, Beechams, Barclays, 118 Money, Lidl, Nandos and British Heart Foundation.
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