Great audience feedback for the Edinburgh Fringe preview of ‘My Mother’s Shoes’
‘My Mother’s Shoes’ theatre show had its Edinburgh Fringe preview and indeed, premiere, in Birmingham on 6 July at the Ark Community Church in Mere Green. The audience feedback was really, really positive, and news hot off the press is that I’ll be doing it again there on 7 September for those people who missed the July preview.
It’s a great boost before going to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival. I wrote this new theatre show throughout spring and had no idea how it would be received.
Audience comments from the preview include: …’absolutely brilliant’…’a privilege to see’….’dramatic and full of emotion’…
‘My Mother’s Shoes’ Edinburgh Fringe 2019 – Free Festival details
I’m coming to Edinburgh as part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival at Bar 50 (Upstairs), 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, venue 151, EH1 1NE. The show’s on at 12.15pm in the afternoon, 3-25 August, but not Mondays 12th or 19th, and it is free and unticketed, so come along. I think the Free Festival is a great way for performers to bring a show to the festival which is how it should be! It means their cash can go on their show rather than towards renting a venue.
Historical with contemporary issues
The show is about me and my (late) mum and our relationship which changed dramatically over the years until she died 7 years ago. Mum was Polish and was deported to Siberia during the WW2, then she unexpectedly came to the UK to meet up with her father, 17 years later, who was presumed dead. The Red Cross International Tracing Service reunited them. It was meant to be a visit, but because of a dramatic twist, she ended up staying. The show touches on almost forgotten parts of Polish history, and on the universal mother daughter relationship. I explore how her PTSD from Siberia, followed by medical misdiagnosis, impacted family life.
It’s a true-life theatre show, new-writing, and my most personal show to date.
Venue 151: Bar 50 Within Safestay Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street, venue 151, EH1 1NE
My Mother’s Shoes: 12:15 (13:15), 3-25 August, not Mondays 12th or 19th) written by Karola Gajda