Opal Fruits

by Holly Beasley-Garrigan
, Studio
Thursday 18 July 2019

Part of Departure Lounge Festival 2019

Thursday 18 July, 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Studio Theatre
Edinburgh Preview

"Hands up who's bored of white people making sentimental autobiographical solo shows that use direct address, spoken-word, and gritty clichéd accounts of other people's struggles for the entertainment of the middle classes. The well-established default.
... Whoops."

Hot off the back of a critically acclaimed debut at VAULT Festival & freshly reworked for Departure Lounge, Opal Fruits is an unreliable solo show about the fetishisation of the feral female - about working-class women and the trouble with 90's nostalgia - spliced with stories from four generations of women who came of age on the same council estate in South London.

Opal Fruits is Holly Beasley-Garrigan's first solo show. It's a tongue-in-cheek questioning of the broader implications of faux-working-class cultural trends and a reclaiming and recasting of the self-congratulatory, spoken-word solo show. The show explores what it means to be making performance as a working-class artist today... to have a stake in two worlds but to feel as though you don't really fit into either.

"In 1998 a much loved British sweet changed its name to – we don’t say that name here. It was all downhill."

"One to watch"
A Younger Theatre

"Utterly engaging"
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

"With anger and empathy, Holly Beasley-Garrigan despairs at the distorted way that money and class function in the UK."
Kate Wyver, The Guardian

"Beasley-Garrigan is an engaging performer, clearly alert to the paradox of mining her own background to make art that will be consumed by a primarily middle class audience."
Natasha Tripney, The Stage

"Beasley-Garrigan manages to give a voice to the women who have no voice and in doing so, lays the ghosts of regret to rest as she reconnects to her matriarchal forebears and society’s silent majority."
Breaking The Fourth Wall ★★★★

Holly Beasley-Garrigan is a Choreographer, Theatre-Maker and Performer with a background spanning Theatre, Dance, Music and Live Art. She is best known for her award winning work with Fine Chisel and Flanagan Collective.

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Captioned by Difference Engine: Thursday 18 July, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Opal Fruits has been supported by: 
Arts Council England
Streatham Space Project
Camden People’s Theatre
Upright Fools