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Blue Pencil, Chatterbrain & New York Jen
November 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
An evening of Work in Progress one-person shows with Mariana Feijó’s Blue Pencil, Rebecca Schuster’s Chatterbrain, and New York Jen.
New York Jen
New York Jen is New York’s most famous and funniest comedian. She is visiting London for one day only and YOU are lucky enough to get to see her. Experience TRUE New York style stand up comedy for one night only!
Zone in for this raucous explosion of character-comedy exploring overthinking, indecision, and that absolute wazzock of an inner critic.
Whilst humming and hawing over a plate of beans, Rebecca Schuster realised overthinking was the only thing holding her back. She decides to stop listening to her inner-judge. Along the way, she discovers truths about herself she didn’t want to know.
Who is she without that nagging voice inside her head? What if there was a cure for overthinking? Is killing the inner critic really the answer? And what the hell does marmalade have to do with it?
Chatterbrain is the debut solo show from Rebecca Schuster, Soho Theatre alumni, writer and comedian. Analysis paralysis is her M.O. and nobody can tell her to snap out of it! Character-comedy overthought, as it shouldn’t be.
“sublime to watch, this lady has super talent” – London Theatre One
(as told by Mariana Feijó)
It’s a journey through my life, from my conservative, Portuguese Catholic roots to exploring my sexual identity in London’s vibrant queer scene, and the comic conflict between those two realities. I want to challenge people’s perception of world politics, through the story of Portugal’s 48 year long dictatorship and how that affected its democratic future, enticing the audience to work towards an equitable future. After working with Duckie in a huge immersive theatre production that was radical, queer and educational, I want to make similar work, leading people into laughter and activism without it feeling didactic. I’m inspired by the surprise that people who don’t share my lived experience, show when they learn of countries in western Europe that weren’t in democracies as late as the 70s, and that the freedoms of Democracy can be taken away. It’s an important story and it’s my story to tell.
We know it’s tough time for people in this cost of living times, and set a few different price options. If you can afford the Comfort ticket, please do choose that option as we’re also living through the same times. If the Tough Times ticket is still a stretch for you, and you’d really like to come, do get in touch, as we believe no one should be denied access due lack of funds.
Unfortunately the venue is up a flight of stairs – if you know of an affordable venue in London where we wouldn’t need to make this disclaimer, please send it our way!
At this point in time, we can’t afford to hire BSL interpreters or audio describers, but there may be future showings where this will be a possibility.
There might be loud music and sudden noises, but you’re welcome to enter and leave the performance space freely, and move around if you feel the need.
The room is up a flight of stairs from a busy pub downstairs, whose entrance is towards Whitechapel Road, in a busy side road that also leads to the London Royal Hospital.
Queer, Portuguese multidisciplinary artist based in London. Her work is inspired by a need to communicate and create community, drawing from personal experience. They’re influenced by historical archives and research, using stories old and new to connect with audiences. They’ve studied at the prestigious institutions the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Brooklyn Comedy Collective in New York, and are a Soho Theatre Lab alumni. They’ve worked with Duckie, on their heritage project Princess, from research to performance. As part of an LGBTQ community group at the British Museum, they’ve created bespoke performance pieces for their Pride event, two years running.
Rebecca Schuster is a Canadian comedian based in London England. She has been improvising since 2011 and has trained with Improv Olympics, Free Association, Monkey Toast and members of the Upright Citizens Brigade. When not improvising, Rebecca writes sketch comedy, performs solo character acts, and eats baked beans with her bare hands straight out of a can. She is a Soho Theatre alumni.
Jen IvesJen Ives is a stand up comedian & writer from London. She has written for Channel 4, Hattrick, Radio 4, Dave (among others) and has appeared on Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party, and Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared. Jen has supported Jessica Fostekew on tour and frequently headlines shows in London and beyond!
Jen’s debut Edinburgh hour ‘Peak Trans’ sold out it’s run in Edinburgh last year (you can watch it free here
‘Jen Ives is a wonderful comedian. I’ve discovered her comedy in recent years, and I can’t get enough of it.’
‘A brilliant comedian’