1st Aug 2018 - 27th Aug 2018

Bunker Two - Pleasance Courtyard


Suitable for ages 12 and above


Important information:

This show contains strong language.

New York, 1962. Beat poet Elise Cowen commits suicide and her family incinerates all but eighty-three of her poems.

Elise uncovers the story of this extraordinary poet, intertwining her surviving work with dramatised interviews, revealing the thrilling and hedonistic culture of the Beatniks and the oppressive pressures that cut her life short.

Dixie Fried Theatre's moving piece of new writing brings to light the life and legacy of a woman shrouded in Allen Ginsberg's shadow.

'[Callis] is a young writer to watch, so watch and listen' (Anna-Maria Murphy 'Tristan & Yseult’ Kneehigh).

Dixie Fried Theatre in association with Bristol Spotlights

Written by Brenda Callis

Directed by Eden Peppercorn and Oli Grant

Produced by Asha Osborne-Grinter

CAST: Guy Woods, Mimi Paltridge, Harry Petty, Angus Cooper, Jess Garlick


Open/closeReviews and Quotations

The New York accents are seamless and the acting is fervent, intense and convincing - despite having a cast of only four, the play manages to simultaneously convey the anger and rawness of grief felt for the deceased Elise while also incorporating an element of humor.
5 stars
Elise tells stories that have never been told before, from entirely new female perspectives, and therefore it has the makings of something incredibly radical and subversive.
4 stars
Intermission Bristol
'Salomé was an achievement that will take some considerable beating.'
5 stars
Cameron Scheijde on Salome, Bristol Dramsoc, directed by Eden Peppercorn
'A triumphant reinvigoration of what some may call ‘Wilde’s old words’... paired with the modern costuming, impressive sound and lighting and an interpretative dance scene featuring the whole cast, makes for a very refreshing interpretation.'
5 stars
That's What She Said on Salomé, Bristol Dramsoc, directed by Eden Peppercorn
'[Callis] weaves laugh out loud humour into her work.'
4 stars
Epigram on The Way Things Weren't, written and directed by Brenda Callis
‘Posh’ is an undeniable tour-de-force... Mimi Paltridge gives an outstanding performance as Alastair Ryle... Jess Garlick’s charming background smirk ensures that Harry Villiers is a sickeningly likeable player... 'Guy Woods [had] impeccable comic timing as Ed Montgomery, whose vulnerability was reminiscient of an eight-year-old boy being dropped off at boarding school... distressingly awesome’ and awesomely distressing.'
4 stars
Intermission on Posh, directed by Asha Osborne-Grinter and produced by Brenda Callis

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