It's actually happening and it is so very exciting. Thanks to funding by Arts Council England the creation of Jolie Booth's new show Sisterhood is going ahead in 2018. Jolie will be working with an incredible team of women to explore the paradigm shift of moving from an analogue world to a digital one, exploring the current state of feminism during this transition and celebrates the power of female friendships and mentorships, through the eyes of three generations of women. The team are going to squirrel themselves away for a residential weekend in April to create the main body of the show ready for an initial scratch performance at the Marlborough Theatre on Sunday 22nd April at 3pm and a full preview performance in the Brighton Fringe Festival at the Marlborough Theatre on Sunday 3rd June 7.30pm. Do come along if you can.
Now let's meet the team...
Andrea Brooks (performance creator) - Director extraordinaire. Teaches MA acting at E15. Jolie met Andrea through the New Deal (a benefit scheme created by New Labour that was actually brilliant) where she was given to Jolie as a career mentor. The piece of paper she wrote out for Jolie at their first meeting went on to become her life and they've been friends and on many adventures ever since.
Caragh Kelson-Bailey (performance creator) - Creative, witty and utterly gorgeous. Jolie met Caragh for the first time when she was thirteen and Jolie found her massaging her husband under a cart with a gaggle of other thirteen year olds, who she chased away with a large noisy bell. Caragh stuck around regardless though and they've been friends and on many adventures ever since.
Alberta Jones (production designer) - Has created many stunning sets for theatre shows over the years including TESTOSTERONE's fabulous set for Rhum and Clay (which is how Jolie met her) and also Jolie's treasured set for HIP. Jolie is very excited to be working with Alberta again.
Mish Maudsley - Jolie and Mish cut their teeth together as part of a new media collective called Nothing To See Here back in the early noughties. Jolie was learning to be an actress and a producer whilst Mish was learning to be a designer and artist. Their careers have grown together and Mish designed the logo for Jolie's wedding, which is now her tattoo, Jolie's book cover for her published novel and most of the marketing print for the shows she's worked on over the years.
Jamie-Rae Tanner - Statistician extraordinaire. Jolie met Jamie via the Bristol / Glastonbury Festival crew of the Croissant Neuf stage, who are all like a second family to Jolie. They are still getting to know each other better, but have a mutual respect for each other's adventurous spirits and strong wills
Jess Bernberg - A female lighting designer recommended to Jolie by the brilliant Geoff Hense from Arcola. Jolie was looking for a brilliant and daring designer, preferably early on in her career and Jess was sent her way.
Jolie will be blogging the development of the show as the process unfurls. To date the Research and Development funding has been secured, the residential and scratch performance have been booked, the preview in the Brighton Fringe has been registered and tickets for this are now on sale, and a slot at the Pleasance Beneath at 12.45pm each day throughout the Edinburgh Fringe has been confirmed and tickets for this will be on sale shortly. It's all happening, which is terrifying and terribly exciting.