Pepita Productions is a theatre company that aims to create thought-provoking performances that also entertain. The company was formed by Julia Knight and the name for the company is inspired by her very own king Charles Spaniel dog called Pepita.
Knight is a trained musician and singer, comedy improviser and an actor. She is also a psychologist, and this combination of skills and traits inspires the work that she creates. Her previous show The Pyjama Monologues was an improvised show about waking up in the middle of the night, which definitely combines her knowledge of psychology with her talent in theatre.
Later this month, Pepita Productions will be putting on the show I am Not Victoria Wood, which premiered initially last year at a small festival called Hove Grown. This festival showcased the work of local writers and performers, and Knight’s personal highlight since starting Pepita Productions has been the really positive feedback from audiences for her show.
I Am Not Victoria Wood addresses questions about identity and will have its first proper run at the Brighton Festival Fringe from 6-12 May 2019. In a year’s time, Pepita Productions is hoping to tour I Am Not Victoria Wood and ideally have another show created.
What do you do when you’ve made your living pretending to be someone else? “I’m Maddie North – that’s my real name.” Maddie came second in a talent show performing as Victoria Wood and toured the country with her tribute act. Now she’s recording video blogs from her Mum’s spare room, with a just a suitcase full of props and memories for company.
Quick Fire Questions: What is your favourite show that you’ve seen? “The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers which is the funniest and most brilliant show – possibly ever!” What is your favourite genre of theatre? “I have pretty eclectic tastes. I like improvised shows…but also Opera and comedy / absurd / clown” What do you think we need more of in theatre? “Access for people to take part in and see theatre who don’t have much money”
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