Date(s) - 17/07/2018
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Wilton's Music Hall
a black comedy about fame, failure and firearms
Wilton’s Music Hall
17th July 7.45pm
The Chelsea Hotel, New York, 1968. Nico, Warhol’s muse and singer with The Velvet Underground is waiting to shoot her role in Andy Warhol’s latest movie and for her lover, Jim Morrison, when her room is invaded by Valerie Solanas, radical feminist and would-be Warhol assassin. A duel to the death begins…
Wiseman says: “Likeable female characters. I’m bored shitless by them – which is why I wanted to write about Teutonic junkie Nico and ‘crazed feminazi’ Valerie Solanas. Both revolutionaries, in their different ways, their legacy has been all but ignored in favour of more compliant and prettily-packaged women. But thirty years after they both died, their work continues to inspire many artists and activists. As hilarious as they were uncompromising: their views on men, music, fame and feminism are outrageous and deadpan, tender and truculent. Despite their contrasting personalities, they have one thing in common: they gave precisely zero fucks – and a hundred years since women got the vote, the recent #metoo revelations remind us that’s still a punishable offence. The time seems ripe for this reimagining of two female pop culture icons at the epicenter of 60s cool, battling for control of their own destinies.”
Part play, part cabaret, the show will be directed by Nathan Evans – whose recent successes include Flights of Fancy at Soho Theatre last year – incorporating his signature blend of film, music, comedy and poignancy. Evans and Wiseman last worked together a decade back on Atomic, their lo-fi lip-sync remix of Blondie’s Greatest Hits – which was something of a hit on the club circuit. Wiseman, who will also play Nico, says, “I seem to have a bit of an obsession with Warhol blondes, having previously played Andy’s muse, Edie Sedgwick, in a national tour of Andy & Edie: Inside Warhol’s Factory, and his later muse Debbie Harry in Atomic. I love the fun and subversion of Pop Art and as a writer, relish exposing the dark roots that lie beneath the shiniest surface. Since I came to London to go to RADA, I’ve adored beautiful, atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall and am thrilled to get the chance to perform there.”
Wiseman’s work has been seen at venues including Soho Theatre (Bright), Royal Court Theatre (Trying It On), Manchester Library Theatre (Manchester Sound), National Theatre Studio at Hampstead Theatre (The Pinball Master) and Birmingham Rep (Loaded), Theatre 503 (Storming Jack Norman), BAC (Swedish Rustic) and RVT (Atomic, Underground Girl).
‘Wiseman’s writing sears and burns’ The Guardian
Fireraisers has co-produced work with theatres such as National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Rep, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and The Pleasance and also makes large-scale site-specific shows in unexpected places. www.fireraisers.org.uk Instagram: @fireraisers Twitter: @fireraisers
Nathan Evans is a writer, director and performer whose work in theatre and film has been funded by the Arts Council, toured by the British Council, broadcast on Channel 4, archived by the British Film Institute and awarded some statuettes. www.nathanevans.co.uk
Sophie Olivia (Valerie Solanas) Sophie Olivia’s favourite roles in theatre include; Beatrice (Much Ado) Anna Labia (Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens) Julia (Duchess of Malfi) and Slag (I licked A Slag’s Deodorant.) She has most recently worked at the TRSE, Park Theatre, Arcola and the ORL.
Wilton’s is a gem in the heart of London and the oldest grand music hall in the world. It presents a year-round programme of exceptional live music and world-class productions.
For press enquiries please contact Polly Wiseman on 07759 900 138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Listings –
Date: 17th July 2018
Title: Femme Fatale
Credits: written by Polly Wiseman, directed by Nathan Evans, performed by Polly Wiseman and Sophie Olivia
Venue: Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
Tickets: £8 – £15
Box Office: 020 7702 2789
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