Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. KT Parker of Beheaded Queens Theatre Company, tells us about their showThe Chamber Of Beheaded Queens, which they will be performing at Chapter One Books.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A fantasy history lesson like no other you’ve ever experienced before.
Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
Yes! I’ve heard good things about it – like how well-organized it is, how welcoming everyone is and what a fantastic buzz there is throughout the city at festival time. I’m really looking forward to it.
How has the show developed on the way to the Greater Manchester Fringe?
Originally written as a radio play, I decided The Chamber Of Beheaded Queenswould also work as a stage play I re-wrote it and submitted it to Liverpool’s Page To Stage Festival. It was selected and was performed there in April this year. Working with the actors, hearing audience feedback and reading reviewers’ comments helped me to hone and enhance the play. The version that will be staged in Manchester has come a long way from the original radio play.
How have you been preparing for the Greater Manchester Fringe?
Staying up until all hours working on promotional activities! If there’s one thing that producing a play teaches you, it’s what a lot of work it is to create awareness of your event and attract an audience.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
The play brings together some of the most iconic queens in history in the fictional realm of the afterlife. Since the writer is a “fan” of the female historical characters in the play, it could be said The Chamber Of Beheaded Queensis a performing arts equivalent of fan-fiction mash-up. Although The Herald is nominally male, we’ve gone for an all-female cast, and that creates a fascinating dynamic.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Festival (apart from your own!)?
Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullmore, performed by BAPS Theatre Company
If your show was a biscuit what type of biscuit would it be and why?
Shortbread: made from simple ingredients, but melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Dates and times: 26-30July at 7pm
Ticket prices: £8.00 full or £6.00 concessions (students, OAPs, etc.)
Venue: Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever St., Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1BY
Box Office Details: online via GMF website (booking fee applies) or on the door (no fee)
Company Twitter: @BeheadedQueens