FEB 1 - FEB 5
Wednesday – Sunday, 6:30pm, 60 mins
Jolie Booth (producer of Winner of the 2014 Total Theatre Emerging Artist Award, Touretteshero's hit show Backstage in Biscuitland) takes to the stage in her first one-woman show, HIP, to be performed at VAULT Festival 2017. HIP transports the audience, in this extra-live performance, to a cosy living room with hypnotic OHP, cushions, incense, tequila and nibbles.
A squatter makes her way up to a long-forgotten flat above a shop in the centre of Brighton. A flat full of someone else’s past. A women’s hip bone lies on the side, amongst diaries, letters and clutter. In a tale of addiction, sexuality, mortality, choices and enlightenment, she embarks on a journey to discover how one might avoid dying alone, and losing one’s hip bone in the process.
Based around found objects, this semi-autobiographical one woman show starts by introducing you to a flat caught between two timelines and personalities: the home of Anne Clarke during 70s bohemian Brighton, and a squat established by Jolie in 2002. Jolie’s soothing and passionate storytelling interweaves Annie's real letters and diaries with vestiges from her own life, to reveal an immediate and clear association.
As a producer Jolie Booth has been responsible for many award winning theatre productions, including Backstage in Biscuitland and Winner of the 2015 Off West End Award, Tangram Theatre's Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking. As a performer, Jolie has starred in various productions such as Fabian in the Winner of the 2012 Latest Fringe Award, Festival Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and Richard II in Jonathan Kay's 2011 production of Richard II by the Nomadic Academy of Fools.
HIP is a gently-paced, wonderfully warm-hearted celebration of the ideas, ideals and idiosyncrasies of life and those who paved the way for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Through her various work, Jolie has discovered the merits of relaxed performances. This means you are welcome to make noise and move around during the show - in fact, you are actively encouraged to do so. This adds a whole new dimension to the performance, which has come to be known as ‘Extra-Live’– with the promise that no two shows can ever be the same.
“Hip is an hour drifting through the Jungian collective unconsciousness [and is] an authentic and human exploration of inherently unstable modern tribalism” The Sick of the Fringe