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Interview for WINDOWS at Brighton Fringe

Kate Valentine, director of Fast, is interviewed by Voice as part of WINDOWS industry showcase for Brighton Fringe:


For tickets, go to www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/fast-124595/

Interview by Tom Inniss for Voice:

Could you first introduce yourself to the readers?

I am Kate Valentine, director of the play ‘Fast’ by Kate Barton, which we are bringing to the Purple Playhouse Theatre for the Brighton Fringe.

Could you describe your act for us?

Fast is a dark, psychological drama based on true events. Set in 1910 in the isolated Pacific Northwest, it examines the notorious ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard, a complex, beguiling and utterly driven woman whose methods divided a nation. Fast reflects a modern fascination with ‘clean eating’, specialised diets and alternative medicine through the lens of one of the original mavericks of the medical world.

Why did you want to perform at Brighton Fringe?

We want to produce Fast for the first time at Brighton Fringe as we think the audiences will be intrigued by the story and we want to be part of such a brilliant festival of creative talent.

Why did you decide to apply for WINDOW? 

We decided to apply for WINDOW as we are looking to tour Fast in 2018 and 2019 and are looking for a co-producer so that we can make this happen.

How did you react to being told you’d been selected to be showcased?

It was great news! We really hope that being part of WINDOW will bring greater industry exposure to the play, the writer Kate Barton and all the production team and cast.

How has it helped you so far?

It is early days yet, but being part of WINDOW is focusing us to make sure the production is the very best it can be.

What is the best part of your job?

Working with writers on their new plays and actors who make the new writing come to life.

Conversely, what has been the most challenging?

Juggling the numbers in the columns of the budget sheet!

Do you have any pre-show rituals? 

Not as a director, as by the time we get to the performances, I am hoping I have done the best job I can do and it is then up to the cast and crew to be brilliant! Maybe I should find some lucky pants to wear if reviewers are in the performance…

What is the process you go through when looking to create a new show? Are you very disciplined or do you need to be strict with yourself?

Our processes are very varied – depending on whether we have been approached with a script or if we have commissioned a writer on a topic we are interested about or have funding for. As a multi-media production company, we work on many strands of development at once, so we do have to be disciplined, especially with our time. The creative influences can often merge across different projects and ideas pop up at any time – mainly when you are not looking for them.

What has been the single best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

‘Be prepared’. I was assistant director to Alan Ayckbourn in Scarborough when I was starting out and he taught me that a director has to be completely prepared before rehearsals and then confident enough to throw the preparation out of the window when a better idea emerges through working with a team of actors and production crew.

What do you think has been the most dramatic change to the industry in the last five years?

Digital showreels being available to watch online during the casting process – they save so much time and help whittle a long list of applicants down to a manageable number to meet.

If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?

Tough one…I would like to run a mixed arts building as a director as I am interested in many disciplines and connecting with a community, getting people through the door and giving them access to a creative hub that belongs to them.

Imagine you possess the power to send one message back in time to 16-year-old you. What do you say?

None of those exams really matter – it’s your ability to see an opportunity and make the most of it that really counts. Oh…and always be kind and helpful and interested in other people’s stories.

What advice would you give to young people who want to enter the industry? What should they do and not do?

Say yes to opportunities more than no as you never know where they will take you. Put the effort in and don’t compromise if you want to achieve the best that you can do.

Where can people find you on the internet, and find out more about your show?

We are Digital Drama and information about Fast is at www.digitaldrama.org/project/fast and on Twitter @Digidrama. Hope to see you there – come and say hello.

By |2018-04-26T11:16:09+00:0026 April 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fast selected for WINDOWS Industry Showcase at Brighton Fringe Festival

Digital Drama is producing the new play Fast by Kate Barton at the Brighton Fringe Festival on 10th and 11th of May 2018. For tickets, click here:  tickets

Digital Drama are delighted that Fast has been selected for WINDOW, Brighton Fringe Festival’s Arts Industry showcase.

Fast is a dark psychological drama based on true events. Set at the turn of the previous century in an isolated region of the Pacific Northwest, the play examines the notorious ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard. Complex, beguiling and utterly driven, Hazzard advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided the nation. Her ideas were not new, yet Hazzard was subjected to intense scrutiny. Was she pursued because she was a woman in a man’s world, or were there darker forces at play? As they take their seats, the audience are invited to journey with two of her patients, the wealthy Ashworth sisters, and to consider how far they would go to find the perfect cure.

Hazzard’s obsessions with diet were not confined to the early twentieth century, and playwright Kate Barton draws parallels with our modern day anxieties about ‘clean eating’ and fasting for health. The play explores our unfailing belief in those with the title ‘doctor’, drawing links with contemporary public figures who use the title in the same way as Hazzard to command respect.

Writer Kate Barton:

“I am particularly elated that Fast is going to be produced at the Brighton Fringe Festival by Digital Drama as I have just graduated from Cambridge with a Distinction for my first play and am now preparing to leave a ten-year teaching career to turn professional. I have known Kate Valentine of Digital Drama since 2013, when she commissioned me to write a short play for children as part of the International Youth Arts Festival and I have had the privilege of her mentorship ever since that time.”

Director Kate Valentine:

“Digital Drama are delighted that our production of Fast by Kate Barton has been selected as part of WINDOWS at the Brighton Fringe Festival. We think this play is going to find a huge audience, with its topical themes of health and diet and the strong female characters pushing the dark psychological drama.”

By |2018-02-20T10:32:47+00:0020 February 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Silk, Satin and Suffrage Short Film Launched

To commemorate the 100 years since some women got the vote and the passing of the Representation of the People Act, Digital Drama have made a short film  ‘Silk, Satin and Suffrage’ celebrating the women who designed, made and paraded the suffrage banners as part of their campaign for their voting rights.

This video is being featured as part of the Votes For Women exhibition at the Museum of London.

100 Banners is funded by a £95,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £2,900 from the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Digital Drama’s director Kate Valentine; “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players are confident the project will introduce the heritage of suffrage banners to a wider public. The new banners made, inspired by the collection at the Women’s Library, will enable their creators to explore the heritage of the women represented and the cause of suffrage they campaigned for .”

By |2018-03-12T15:49:38+00:006 February 2018|Heritage, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Deeds Not Words Wins at Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival

Digital Drama’s Alison Ramsey has won one of only 5 awards presented at the Imperial War Museum’s Short Film Festival for Deeds Not Words; Suffragette Surgeons of WWI.

Close to 700 films were submitted this year, with 38 short listed and 5 awards given at the Festival’s launch event at the Imperial War Museum London. Director Alison Ramsey of Digital Drama was awarded  the prize for Best Use of Archive Material for the short film made as part of the larger Heritage Lottery funded project Deeds Not Words exploring the women who set up and ran the first military hospital in WWI in London’s Covent Garden. Particularly praised for bringing these inspiring women’s stories alive through the use of archive media and additional sound, the film features medical historian Dr Jennian Geddes, Annie Fox, granddaughter of a young orderly working at the hospital and is narrated by Women’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey. The film is showing as part of the IWM Short Film Festival in November 2017, will be shown at the Picture House in Soho on the 6th of December and is also available to watch on line below and on the Deeds Not Words project website.

By |2018-01-08T14:23:16+00:0019 November 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

100 Banners

To commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, 100 Banners are being created by communities across London to feature in various events in the capital to mark the anniversary of women first getting the vote.

Partnering with museums, archives and arts organisations across Greater London, Digital Drama have been working with community groups and artist Becci Kenning of www.art-in-transit.com to create 100 Banners inspired by the suffrage banner collection held in the archives of the Women’s Library at LSE.

100 Banners is an artistic response to the campaigns run by Suffragettes and Suffragists in their ambition to achieve women’s equal voting rights. The artistic process captures and celebrates the decorative craft skills historically associated with women’s art, and explores their political and subversive potential.

To mark the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, the 100 Banners will be part of the national commemorations and be processed by the makers of the banners at the March4Women on March 4th from Parliament to Trafalgar Square, led by Helen Pankhurst, will feature at the Royal Albert Hall on International Women’s Day on March 8th, and at the WOW Festival at the Southbank on the 11th of March 2018. A selection of 100 Banners will then be displayed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics, the House of Lords and various partner venues around Greater London during 2018.

Project Partners for 100 Banners include; Museum of London, Kensington Royal Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Museum of Croydon, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Headstone Museum, Brent Museum, artsdepot, Anstee Bridge, Merton Heritage and Studies Centre and various WI groups across London.

100 Banners is funded by a £95,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £2,900 from the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

By |2018-02-19T14:35:14+00:004 October 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments