My background is stand up, theatre and writing and I am currently working on a brand new comedy show called ‘I, Marigold’. It’ll be an absurd yet observational look at love, marriage… and domesticity. And how housework can become a metaphor for so much. Tour dates on hold until after COVID.
Writing your Migration Story
I will be running a writing workshop at this June’s online incarnation of the Migration Matters Festival. MMF came to see ‘My Mother’s Shoes’ at Edinburgh in 2019 and the show was set to be in the programme this June. Because of COVID, I will be holding a writing from life workshop instead and the show will hopefully go to MMF in 2021 A workshop link will follow soon while the Festival draws its programme and booking details together, but I will be holding it on Friday 19- Sunday 21 June, and it will be three short Zoom sessions. The first 90-minute session will be participants introducing themselves and I will talk about my process and set some exercises. Then the group will split into two smaller groups. Each sub group will then have a session each, hence the total of three sessions. This has been done to allow more time for people to read out their work.
In 2019, I took an autobiographic theatre show of a different kind to Edinburgh, ‘My Mother’s Shoes’. It was a dramatic autobiography focusing large on my relationship with my late mum. I got some great reviews and the show is available to hire. It was set to go to the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield in June 2020 however, because of world events it should be there in 2021.
Back to stand-up
I also resumed stand-up in 2019 – you can see a recent 10-minute set on YouTube here at MAC Birmingham from July 2019. I’m from Doncaster, South Yorkshire originally and I had Polish parents. I mention this because as I grew up, I remember my dad hating it when I laughed in public. It wasn’t because he didn’t want me to laugh at all, it was because he didn’t want us to stand out as immigrants. Looking back on it, my parents’ whole raison d’être was to blend in and not be seen. (I’m certainly bucking that trend!).
I’ve also written two comic novels: ‘Are My Roots Showing?’ set in Poland, with a more serious historical thread running through it too – and ‘The Diary of an Obedient Wife’ – an observational comic diary about married life. You can find them both on Amazon. I have spoken at different author events, from library events to festivals such as the Essex Book Festival.
Stand-up, theatre and writing
If you’re interesting in booking me as a stand up, or having me speak about my novels, or booking ‘My Mother’s Shoes‘ for a theatre slot (category: true life, new-writing, dramatic biography, Polish history), please get in touch via Twitter @karolagajda or Facebook.com/writingkarola. Or come to see me perform at Edinburgh 2020!