Backbone are currently working on a work-in-progress standup show for Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
About the show...
Gentrif*ckedThis work-in-progress comedy show takes you on an exploration of finding your purpose in a world that's a little bit on fire... Gentrif*cked is a 45-minute journey through village life, millennial existential crises and... cults (?)! All the while, Kate manages to ask life’s much bigger questions: What does it mean to want to leave your mark on the world? Does it even matter if we're all going to die anyway? And maybe, just maybe, we'd all be better off joining a commune...?
It's been a wild ride over the last few years - with plenty of writers like us having to restart their careers after a certain event uprooted the industry...
Even putting on a WIP show isn't cheap: I'm hiring a director, who needs at least a bit of a financial thank you for their time, and there are also venue fees, marketing, festival fees, photographer hire, rehearsal spaces and... coffee.
It would be just wonderful if any lovely person could spare a bit of dollar to support the development of the show over the next few months by buying us a hot drink, a pizza, or even a week's worth of both...
Show details for Brighton Fringe:
The Quadrant 12-13 North Street (Bottom of Queens Road by the Clocktower)
The Folklore Room: MAY 31 at 20:30 (60 min) - PWYC
Raised Room: JUN 2 at 17:45 (60 min) - PWYC
About the writer:
Award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Kate-Lois Elliott, has been rising fast on the scene with her self-deprecating millennial meltdowns.
She is one half of Diversify Podcast, whose guests have included Ria Lina, Maisie Adam and Tez Ilyas.
Her web series, How to be Maggie: With Maggie P, was nominated for the Writers' Guild Awards for best online comedy, as well as the Funny Women Content Creator Awards.
Her online work can be watched in full on Youtube, Instagram and the British Comedy Guide.
Her first novel was nominated for Penguin's Merky Books New Writer's Prize 2021.
About the company:
Backbone is a female-led company formed in September 2012. We are a diverse group of theatre and filmmakers who all believe that storytelling can change the world.
Backbone produce our own short films, theatre productions and standup comedy shows. Below The Hills was screened at several festivals in the UK, Europe and US and won Best Experimental at the Lisbon New Cinema Festival 2020. Our first show, The Bistro, was a site-specific piece first shown at the Bush Theatre in November 2012 and at The Roundhouse in May 2013.
We have produced monthly events at Theatre Deli, providing writers with the opportunity to workshop their scripts – at any stage of development – with a group of dedicated actors. We provide that extra push that creatives often need to get their work off the ground: a safe space, with actors and industry professionals, where we can workshop and showcase ideas, with the nights tailored to the needs of the writer and their process. Many of the scripts we develop go on to take shape as full productions, either with Backbone Theatre and Film or independently.