It wasn’t long ago that My Theatre Mates was chatting to award-winning writer Lita Doolan about one of her plays receiving its world premiere at this year’s Brighton Fringe. Now, she is celebrating the opening of the first ever digital Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the inclusion of her solo show Ain’t No Female Romeo.
When a fire rips through Serbia, Peter’s Instagram posts of the dramatic wilderness abruptly stop. Following clues in his social media, a 37-year-old gal hunts him down. Her 10-year-long crush on the conservationist is turned into a one-woman manhunt, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, when he goes missing. Should she love or ‘click like’ or leave?
Lita was inspired to write Ain’t No Female Romeo after learning about the character Zuleika Dobson. The writer and actress had performed in Zuleika the Musical at the New Theatre in Oxford. In the piece the central character remains on a continuous search for ‘the one’:
“I wondered what would happen if she was 37 and still looking. It’s about the search for a lover beyond social media.”
The inspiration to use Romeo and Juliet as a theme came from a temptation to subvert gender and have a female Romeo who is in search of her not-so-keen beau.
“It is then the story of a woman who loves impulsively and falls in love hard and fast; even if the other person is married to their job. Which is my experience. Edinburgh is a romantic city so it is great to have this as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. It is my fourth time to be part of this Fringe.”
The show, set in modern times, has already been part of the online Melbourne Fringe and was curated for the Living Record Festival.
Lita loved being part of Living Record: “It was a great experience as the focus is specifically on the sound of the work. This inspired me to develop the poetry extracts in the play.”
It was also encouraging to see the positive response to Ain’t No Female Romeo from critics including NorthWestEnd.com which wrote:
“A commentary on the lack of reality found on social media and a need to live in the real world, this show is a desperate plea to not live life on a screen or to pin all of your hopes and dreams onto what appears on someone else’s, no matter how much they have influenced you.”
Previous work presented by Lita Doolan Productions has been performed at the Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Sherman Theatre.
Performed and penned by Lita Doolan, the 50-minute play Ain’t No Female Romeo is an Edinburgh Festival Fringe on demand show available via You Tube.