“I want people who have been through what I went through to be inspired by the show to reclaim their lives and rise from it.”
WHO: Urielle Klein-Mekongo, Writer / Performer
WHAT: “‘I see the way that butters-fat-lipped-troll-Patrice looks at him, she’s the kinda lighty that finks she’s too nice.’ Evie is thirteen and lives in Neasden with her Mum. She wants to tell us something… her crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, garage remixes… an ‘uncle’ lurking in the corner of her story. She wants to make us laugh, she’s pretty good at it. She wants to tell us something, but she daren’t let it out. A one-woman show with original music about stolen childhood and growing up with a secret. Based on a true story.”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
WHEN: 14:15 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is my first time in Edinburgh and at The Fringe!
Tell us about your show.
Yvette is a one-woman show, with original music, that tells the story of Evie. Evie is thirteen and lives in Neasden with her Mum. She wants to tell us about something – her crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, lightys, garage remixes… and an ‘Uncle’ who lurks in the corners of her story.
I wrote Yvette whilst I was still studying at East 15. It was selected to be presented at DEBUT Festival and subsequently went on to win the Young Harts Writing Fest Audience Favourite, the Kings Head Theatre Stella Wilkie Award and The East15 Pulse Award 2017. It was also at this time that China Plate came on board as the producers and I started working with Director, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord to help elevate the show to it’s next stage of development. The show has been previewed as part of Hull City of Culture 2017, Pulse Festival and The Albany.
I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to present the show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Yvette is inspired by my own experiences as a teenager and it was a difficult piece to write. I think I wanted to write myself to a place of healing, but soon figured that I couldn’t. What I actually needed to write was the truth about where I was at. I want people who have been through what I went through to be inspired by the show to reclaim their lives and rise from it.
We hope that this is just the start of the journey for Yvette and aim to tour the show in 2018.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
I’m looking forward to catching ‘offiside’ in the pleasance above, written by leading spoken word artists Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish. I’m Huge fan of both there works n fact Sabrina Mahfouz a mentor of mine, I relate to the honesty of her writing style and I’ve heard great things!
I also look forward to catching Leaf and Buzz both East 15 Alumni shows coming from the BA Acting & Contemporary theatre course. They’re both great shows that I have seen but I look forward to seeing how further they have developed since.
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