WHAT IS ALICE?
“When they ask you, tell the truth. You’re English.”
Alice’s parents want the best for their British daughter.
A good education, a respectable career, a husband.
But despite her English name, Alice can never belong in England.
Nor does she want to.
Klein Blue presents this unique and arresting solo play about otherness, Azerbaijani-British identity and the power that comes from creating our own personal myths to define who we are.
Written and performed by Emily Renée and presented by Klein Blue (Are There Female Gorillas?, ★★★★ Spy in the Stalls, Brighton Fringe Festival, Camden People’s Theatre, Calm Down, Dear Festival).
Azerbaijani-British identity is a subject yet to be tackled on a British stage. So it is with huge excitement that Klein Blue present Alice, a play offering a fresh angle on the urgent conversation around minority voices and representation.
London is a city where 37% of the population are foreign born, with over 300 languages spoken, and yet this diversity isn’t represented on the London stage. Alice is firmly rooted against this multicultural background and explores key traits of the immigrant experience that are such an essential part of the city’s identity.
From the generational differences between second generation immigrants and their first generation immigrant parents, to the taboo topic of internalised racism affecting immigrants who attempt to assimilate into white spaces by masking their cultural or ethnic origin, Alice seeks to pave the way for open and nuanced conversation around the immigrant experience and how we define ourselves.
Put simply we are inviting an audience into an atmospheric space to have a drink with Alice and hear her story.
Klein Blue will premiere Alice at London’s biggest and most prestigious arts festival, VAULT Festival 2020, the perfect platform to present this sharply relevant play to a politically-engaged audience. With VAULT’s strong focus on diversity this year, Klein Blue are proud to be part of a festival that ‘features the most exciting emerging companies around’ (WhatsOnStage).
Funds raised will support production expenses, such as:
- Rehearsal space
- Director’s fee
- Set costs
A funded project will also enable us to grow our platform as a company and facilitate the engagement strategies the Klein Blue team has planned alongside the production; a series of blog posts written by minority artists and 10 one-to-one mentorship sessions offered for free to young talent coming into the industry. This is key to the project’s aims — we see this production as a real opportunity to provoke productive conversations and open up new industry access points for under-represented voices. What does being in the minority truly mean? How do we come to terms with the new fashion around diversity? Should we question further the intentions of that trend? And how does the sudden interest in diversity and multiculturalism have a jarring impact on those it seeks to uplift?
This show is addressing our society and our theatre industry. It does not exist in a vacuum, it is a play for now. And these questions and debates demand everyone’s involvement and attention — we all need to listen and be part of these conversations. We hope you’ll support the project and come have a drink with Alice.
KB is a collective of female artists headed by Sophie Ablett and Grace Strickland de Souza making work that is innovative, urgent, visual and visceral. We create platforms for collaboration and experimentation to find unexplored angles on contemporary topics and champion under-explored voices.
The collective launched in November 2018 with a fundraising exhibition of art films and photography series at The Old Street Gallery in Shoreditch. Our most recent project was a tour of Sophie and Grace’s comedy spoken word play Are There Female Gorillas? to Brighton Fringe and Camden People’s Theatre, which was generously funded by Arts Council England. Total Theatre described the piece as ‘cleverly crafted and beautifully enacted’.
Emily Renée, writer and performer of Alice, is an associate artist of Klein Blue. As a writer, her work centres on language and immigrant identity in the context of British culture. Her play Modern Love was selected as part of the Pleasance Theatre’s Litmus Fest and her short film Postcards From London was produced for the Tate Gallery’s Impressionists in London exhibition. She has been long-listed for the Old Vic 12 and was selected for the Modern Tales talent scheme. As an actor, her credits include Yesterday (dir. Danny Boyle), Endeavour (ITV), Victoria (ITV) and Jupiter Ascending (dir. The Wachowskis).
Klein Blue is a young, ambitious collective of distinctive individual artists, excited to be producing work that takes unique angles on relevant contemporary issues.
Questions? Email us on: email@example.com
Other ways to support us: Come and watch the show! https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/alice/