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Face to Face Festival


Theatre. 15th – 19th Feb, 18:30, £12.

A season of outstanding shows from Face to Face featuring highlights from the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals  www.solotheatrefestival.co.uk

Carlotta de Galleon – A Fool For Love

Wed 15th Feb, 18:30

“A class act. A star turn, Charlotte Gallagher will blow your mind.” This is a dynamic piece of theatre. Charlotte Gallagher takes the romance book to heart in the guise of Carlotta de Galleon – A Fool for Love.

Charlotte Gallagher takes the romance book to heart in the guise of Carlotta de Galleon – A Fool for Love, she turns the pages over with deep filled desire, she explains the practise, the almost unquenchable ceremony of expectation that comes with the novel being decried as trashy by some, held up as a pinnacle of great truth by others and with more books being sold by the writers of such works of fiction, an almost inescapable urge to dissect the books down to their component parts.

It is only when this is done, when the engaging Ms. Gallagher reminds the audience that the romance is not the point. It is drawing out of women’s sexuality and identity that makes it feminism of high order; not perhaps the one taught across the board but one which arguably suggests that it is women who know just where the fine line of using sex as weapon and the power it holds and then men, perhaps quite rightly, are just the vessel in which it is sometimes delivered.

With outstanding thought and argument, Charlotte Gallagher relishes and teases the moment of absolute reveal, the cynical heart in some, the flush of excited youth in others, all are represented in the sea of romance and sex, all have their own thought on why sex sells. Ms. Gallagher’s performance is a dynamic piece of theatre, literary criticism and improvisation in which she shows that anybody can be the hero of their own fantasy and sometimes of someone else’s imagination.

A class act, a star turn, Charlotte Gallagher will blow your mind.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10
“Very funny… an eye-opener” – FemaleArts.com
“As a performer, de Galleon is instantly likeable with a tongue-in-cheek, charismatic manner.” – The F Word


Thu 16th Feb, 18:30

Martin Stewart performs his latest venture into the twilight world between science fiction and science fact, forever seeking out alarming truths that are difficult to suppose…

Written and performed by Martin Stewart.

Martin Stewart performs his latest venture into the twilight world between science fiction and science fact, forever seeking out alarming truths that are difficult to suppose… but suppose them we must.

Top research chemist Peter Rook’s entire outlook on the settled nature of the universe was blown apart due to an encounter with a box. Peter, now transformed from scientist to seeker, attempts to persuade a new audience that things are… ‘not necessarily’ as they seem.

Martin Stewart performed Ken Campbell’s cult classic Recollections of a Furtive Nudist following his runaway success with the Pyramids of Margate (obsessed by Dr Who, Extra Terrestrial Intelligence and the Polish Girl from accounts)… Martin digs ever deeper into the twilight world between science fiction and science fact in Ken’s Extraordinary Universe.

On Martin Stewart’s Pyramids of Margate
“You have to see this… This lovely piece was such a well-observed piece of writing. Superbly acted, my favourite piece.” – London Theatre 1

And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

Fri 17th Feb, 18:30

Brighton Argus Angel winner Caroline Cooke performs a funny, life affirming piece that bristles with humanity. ★★★★★ – Broadway Baby / Remote Goat / Fringe Guru

Written and performed by Caroline Burns Cooke.

“Never sit on a boy’s lap… unless there is the thickness of a telephone directory between you.”

Caroline Burns Cooke performs a funny, life affirming piece that bristles with humanity. It starts with a prayer and ends with that same prayer, underlining the journey, before the final coda squeezes the heart. And The Rope… is dark, enthralling, and unremittingly entertaining; a one woman show inspired by 1984’s Kerry Babies scandal, when an Irish mother was accused of killing her two children. Cooke and director Colin Watkeys have together succeeded in telling this extraordinary story with all the humour and immediacy of an Irish bar room raconteur, Guinness in hand, a light caress to the grim facts, a good yarn. She has you by the arm and you are immersed. Truth not drama informs a play ‘…dedicated to women who have suffered at the hands of mistaken ideologies’. It never preaches nor condemns, instead it squeezes the heart with a glint in the eye.

“The rate at which Cooke Burns can make you laugh and bring you to tears is staggering.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ – Remote Goat
★★★★★ – Fringe Guru
★★★★★ – The Argus


Double Bill:Claire Dowie’s Bonfire Night and We Dance We Work We Sing

Sat 18th Feb, 16:45

Claire Dowie’s Bonfire Night
Written by Claire Dowie and performed by Cora Fenton “a perfect marriage of writer and performer”

We Dance We Work We Sing
Written and performed by Ayesha Casely Hayford sharing women’s voices from West Africa

Claire Dowie’s Bonfire Night
“thoroughly compelling” Irish Theatre Magazine
“top class comedy” Munster Express
“a perfect marriage of writer and performer… John Sheehy directs the piece with a lightness of touch” Irish Theatre Magazine

Claire Dowie’s Bonfire Night:
Written by Claire Dowie
Performed by Cora Fenton

Cora Fenton and Claire Dowie performed together in Cork in 2016 Cora’s performances of Claire’s work across Ireland have not only been extremely popular but also received widespread accolades.

Performer Cora Fenton and writer/director John Sheehy are members of Irish Theatre Company Callback Theatre and are currently on tour in Ireland with their acclaimed prodcution of John Sheehy’s Fred and Alice.

We Dance, We Work, We Sing:
Written and performed by Ayesha Casely Hayford

A solo theatre creation developed at the Face to Face Festival with director Colin Watkeys looking at the lives of three women in Ghana, West Africa. The piece explores cultural clashes, women’s identity and place in society; challenges faced, responsibilities, and our daily lives. Universal themes of love and survival.

The Singing Psychic

Sat 18th Feb, 18:30

Funny Women Best Show Nominee gives live audience readings and tells stories of how she discovered her psychic gifts, performed by Marysia Trembecka. ‘Gloriously entertaining’, ‘laugh out loud’, ‘wonderful fun’, ‘completely bonkers (in a good way)…’

‘Completely Bonkers (in a good way)’ ★★★★★ London Theatre 1

‘She certainly knows how to entertain’ ★★★★ Three Weeks

‘Delivering unexpected quips that are laugh out loud and wonderful fun… no matter what is thrown at her’ ★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic

‘Ultimately whether you believe in her abilities or not she proves herself an incredibly capable performer with a twinkle in her eye and songs through her head and heart’ ★★★★ Female Arts

“I overheard people saying, ‘You’ve got to see the psychic … she is brilliant!’ and as a result there was always a queue” Alice Hodge, The Art of Dining


Sun 19th Feb, 16:45

Sketch Fest Finalists and Broadway Baby “stars for the future”, Sketch are a “cool and funny” comedy double act who are “not only hilarious but witty and insightful”.

Shelf is a comedy double act.

The people in it are called Rachel Watkeys Dowie and Ruby Clyde, and they have been friends for more than a decade. This is mostly out of convenience, because they grew up on the same street. They still return to this street when they can’t make rent. Before they did this, Rachel and Ruby were in university sketch groups called the Oxford Revue (Rachel) and the UCL Graters (Ruby).

They did their first gig in 2015, and it went well, thanks for asking.

Since then, they have been heat runners up in SketchClub’s Best New Sketch Act competition (2015), hosted the women’s stage at London Pride (2016), and performed their full length Edinburgh Fringe Show at Bestival 2016. These are just a few of their several accolades.

They agree that it’s weird to talk in the third person when they obviously wrote this.


“…cool and relevant”

“…the art of banter, in its purest form”

“We are playfully led to think about reality, about made-up truths and made-up lies… it is a real joy”

“…stars for the future”

“There is nothing hit and miss about Shelf”

“…a winning hybrid of sketch show and stand up”

“…cool and funny”

“…not only hilarious but witty and insightful”

Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?

Sun 19th Feb, 18:30

Claire Dowie’s hilarious comedy of sexual stereotyping is a multi-international award winning satire featuring a “tour-de-force” performance that is “truly unmissable”.

Why is John Lennon wearing a skirt? is a comic journey through female roles and dress codes via “the knicker factor”, school discos and errant sperm, through the eyes of one young woman who wants to be a Beatle.


Sad sane serious and very funny (The Guardian)

A breathtakingly funny satire (Time Out)

Comical and Mind Blowing ★★★★★ (threeweeks)

Truly unforgettable and equally unmissable ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby)

Claire Dowie’s award-winning comedy on sexual stereotyping is one of Fringe 2013 hidden gems … hilarious, angry, empowering, political, confused, tragic, subversive but most of all, human … Tour de force performances are few and far between. In this one-hour piece Dowie gives just that.
★★★★★★ and Best of the Fest (Edinburgh Evening News)

Still angry, still hilarious, and still right, Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? is phenomenal. This is not only a blistering rally cry for gender equality, but also a life-affirming piece of theatre. ★★★★★ (James Waygood Grumpy Gay Critic)

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