‘Brilliantly written and superbly executed’
‘Moving, funny, fascinating, absorbing’
‘Poignant, funny, painful, uplifting and deeply human’
‘A really compelling piece of theatre’
‘Nia Williams is a gifted and imaginative storyteller’
‘Poignant, thought-provoking and utterly engrossing’
‘Amazing storytelling, clever lyrics and music’
‘Moving, funny, fascinating, absorbing’
‘Well written, well directed, well acted—loved it’ . —Nicola Lisle, Oxfordshire Classical Music.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s uncertain whether the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 will go ahead. If it does, MELODY will be there, at the Space on the Mile (Space 3) from 8 to 12 August.
And in the meantime …
Online@theSpaceUK has hosted two virtual fringe festivals for Edinburgh Fringe performers. The summer 2020 festival featured four contributions from Three Chairs and a Hat, and two are running as part of the winter season until the end of January. Click the titles to see our videos:
HAGS — two songs from forthcoming musical Lady M, with cartoon animation
THREE STAGES — an exploration of loss, love and friendship in verse and song; featuring Matthew Allison
‘Poetic, musical meditations on the experiences of loss and ageing, they are meditative and honest.’—Donna Kaye Speaks
‘Evocative, reflecting the confusion and sense of life’s fragility … a gentle sense of rueful regret and puzzlement … very moving’—British Theatre Guide
HAUNTED—a dramatised version of my short story about isolation and obsession. Do you believe in ghosts?
Awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Mobile Short, Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles 2021; semi-finalist, Indie Short Fest April 2021
‘A strong script and imaginative use of technology make “Haunted” compelling viewing—British Theatre Guide
‘Nia Williams deploys a poetic knack for helping the audience visualise the frantic, whirling colours of her character’s fixations’—Broadway Baby
‘Lyrical in spades … Williams’ presence alone is enough to ensnare viewers’—The Wee Review
THE SINGING LESSON—Guy Brigg and Marilyn Moore as Evangeline Gibson and Melody Smart in an extract from Melody. Can one Zoom singing lesson help Melody rediscover her voice? Directed by Wayne T Brown.
LADY M—Susanne Hodgson is the life coach you ignore at your peril: a 21st-century Lady Macbeth, issuing online advice and confessions. Directed by Alice Evans.
‘This is a snippet of a future show … and if this trailer is anything to go by … then Lady M certainly promises to deliver’—Broadway Baby
PAMELA DRYSDALE’S LOCKDOWN—Three Chairs performer Jane Hainsworth demonstrates her writing talents for writing in this one-woman comedy of errors about the unintended consequences of Lockdown on a naughty weekend away.
‘The quirky approach makes going for a walk on the wild side with Pamela worthwhile’—British Theatre Guide
VERITY is a 90-minute musical about one woman’s ordinary disasters. After playing to full houses in Oxford in 2014 and again in 2018, Verity made her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019, where audience feedback was wonderful and we were rewarded with a four-star review from The Mumble!
Here are some quotes from that review:
‘…a veritable modern masterpiece’ … ‘an extremely talented bunch’ … ‘Nia’s piano playing … pretty much perfect’ … ‘she rhymes like a rapper’… ‘A fabulous piece on so many levels’
And here are some audience reactions:
‘I loved it! Such great performances from everyone, and fab music.’
‘I really enjoyed the story, the fantastic singing and the slick presentation – very humorous, with some comical dance moves …’
‘A brilliant show—really enjoyed it’
‘It was absolutely bloody brilliant!’
Scores and scripts of DADDY’S GIRLS, VERITY and MELODY are available for hire. If your group or society would like to stage one of these shows, go to the Contacts page and drop me a line for more information.
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