It’s Fespian Init Productions makes its debut at Camden Fringe with a brand-new production of Our Walk Through the World, Ross Howard’s collection of six short plays, running 11 to 14 August 2019 at The Water Rats. We caught up with multi-tasking company founder Christian Sokolov. Time to get booking!
Our Walk Through the World examines the absurdities, tragedies and small triumphs of modern life in six short plays.
During Camden Fringe, they will be performed by Katharine Hardman, James Heatlie, Kara Stanley, Alicia Novak, Eduardo “Dido” Milano and Christian Sokolov, who also directs with assistant director Pelegrina.
Talking to… Christian Sokolov
Christian Sokolov is directing, producing and performing in Our Walk Through the World, the inaugural offering from his new company It’s Fespian InIt Productions.
Tell us about your company.
I founded Its Fespian Init to give good creatives, who haven’t yet ‘made it’ for whatever reason, a platform to succeed and showcase their talent.
How did you first come across the work of Ross Howard?
It was actually Camden Fringe I came across first. I wanted to do something interesting at the festival, that hadn’t been done to death. After an extensive search, I found Our Walk Through the World and I ended up falling in love with the script. It will be exciting to meet Ross Howard when he comes to see the play.
Why did you want to produce Our Walk Through the World?
I am by no means a producer, not really. I’m just a working-class guy with an aspiration to be a professional actor. However, after not getting any challenging or exciting opportunities for a long while, I decided it was time for me to put my own money into a production and put my all into it. The script is fantastic.
Who do you play in Our Walk Through The World?
Our Walk Through the World is six short plays. As well as directing and producing, I am performing in three of them.
In Our Prospects For The Coming Season, I play The Agent. He is acting as translator for The Prospect during a press conference, but as we learn throughout the scene, he is using The Prospect for his own personal gain and is very deceitful.
In The Viewing, I play Tommy, a young adult with a severe learning disability. He’s dependent on his parents and this pushes them to the limit as they’re trying to buy a new house.
In Frisky & The Panda Man, I play Dr Ogden, the panda man. He’s the animal conservationist in charge of the last remaining panda, and we learn a lot about him and his true feelings during an interview with a journalist and how he inadvertently ensured the end of the panda race!
Do you have a favourite play in the cycle?
I really enjoy Relinquish. It’s about a young man who is meeting the woman who gave birth to him and gave him up for adoption as a baby. It is sweet and poignant… and they both have paper bags on their heads!
How do you balance performing, directing and producing?
It’s a struggle! I am lucky to have a talented cast with me. They let me lean on them, especially when I’m performing myself. I also, a few weeks into the process, I hired Pelegrina as Assistant Director, and her presence has been invaluable. I have always had a habit of biting off more than I can chew – performing, directing and producing is so much work!
Why did you want the production to be part of Camden Fringe?
I love this festival. I think it really is London’s Fringe Festival and not just limited to Camden. The team there are so helpful and accessible. They offer a lot of advice and provide even the most basic of beginners with all the information you could need.
What’s next for It’s Fespian Init?
Ideally, what I would like to do is find some new writing and put it on at either another festival or at a London fringe theatre. I am also open in touring the show if there is any interest and we can keep the rights of the play.
Anything else you’d like to add?
If there are any creatives – be they writers, directors, producers, actors or anything – who have a vision for a show, then get in contact with us and maybe we can make it happen!
As part of this year’s Camden Fringe, Our Walk Through the World runs from 11 to 14 August 2019 at The Water Rats, 328 Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross, London WC1X 8BZ with performances at 9pm. Tickets are priced £9-10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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