Alice @ VAULT & BAC 2020

by Klein Blue in London, England, United Kingdom

Alice @ VAULT & BAC 2020
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Klein Blue present Alice, an arresting solo play about Azerbaijani-British identity. Written by Emily Renée, premiering at VAULT '20 and BAC

by Klein Blue in London, England, United Kingdom

We gave her a different name to us.

I don’t know why we chose Alice.

We wanted something English.

The first production in the UK to explore Azerbaijani-British identity, Alice is an arresting solo play questioning the power of creating our own personal myths to define who we are. 

Alice is written and performed by Emily Renée (Yesterday dir. Danny Boyle; Endeavour ITV; Victoria ITV) and produced by Klein Blue  (Are There Female Gorillas? ★★★★ Spy in the Stalls, Brighton Fringe Festival, CPT), with direction and dramaturgy from Tamar Saphra (Resident Director, Almeida Theatre).

We receive no public funding as a company, so we are raising funds on crowdfunder to support:

  • fees for our creative team
  • marketing and PR to make sure as many people as possible can experience the show.


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. 


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). The production has also been programmed at Battersea Arts Centre's Homegrown Festival.

Funds raised will support: 

  • fees for our creative team
  • marketing and PR to make sure as many people as possible can experience the show.

A funded project will also enable us to grow our platform as a company. We see this production as a real opportunity to provoke productive conversations about under-represented voices within our industry. 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. 


Klein Blue 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).

Tamar is a Resident Director at the Almeida and trained on the Directing MA at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She is a script reader for the Almeida and the Bruntwood Prize, and has previously been a reader for the National, the Bush and the Papatango Prize. Tamar is co-founder of RoughHewn (, a script-reading and dramaturgy company.  Tamar works collaboratively with playwrights to develop new plays, with a particular focus on work that uses innovative theatrical form to dynamically connect with an audience. As Director: Are There Female Gorillas? (Brighton Fringe/ Camden People’s Theatre); The Noises (Old Red Lion); HOLD (Truman Brewery & Bunker); No.152; Pig (Arcola); Grand Concourse (Mountview); BODY (Wilton’s Music Hall). As Assistant Director: Midnight Movie (Royal Court); Vassa (Almeida); Augmented (Ovalhouse); Icons (Ovalhouse/ WOW Festival Hull).

Klein Blue is a young, ambitious collective of distinctive individual artists, excited to be producing work that takes unique angles on relevant contemporary issues. 

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