My latest project is a series of one- or two-hander mini-musicals, each one telling someone’s personal story. A receptionist’s first ever singing lesson; a blogger whose life-coaching has unexpected consequences; a hotel guest who’s checked in with no plans to check out again … every character has a tale to tell, and all those tales are linked, somehow, to the others. The first selfie introduces us to Melody Smart, who finds her encounter with a singing teacher unexpectedly traumatic. ‘Melody’ played to full houses at the Old Fire Station’s Crisis Café, the Jam Factory and the Jericho Tavern in Oxford, before hopping over to Ross-on-Wye’s Phoenix Theatre for another sell-out show, and rounding off our local tour with a performance at the unique Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon . Here’s some of the audience feedback from those shows:

‘Brilliantly written and superbly executed’
‘Moving, funny, fascinating, absorbing’
‘Flawlessly performed’
‘Poignant, funny, painful, uplifting and deeply human’
‘Amazing story-telling’

—and a review by arts writer Nicola Lisle on her blog Oxfordshire Classical Music.

Melody’s London debut at the Phoenix Arts Club, and her week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, have been postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, watch this space for news of Online@theSpaceUK’s virtual fringe festival in August. Among 80 video shows, the festival will feature four contributions from Three Chairs and a Hat, including an extract from MELODY, and an introduction to YouTube life-coach  Lady M, next in line for the Selfies.

For more details see the Three Chairs Facebook page.

Rehearsal shot of Guy Brigg as Evangeline Gibson in ‘Melody’
Susanne Hodgson plays Lady M, the life coach you ignore at your peril