How would you describe your show in one sentence?
MUVVAHOOD is a solo verbatim piece, that explores what it is to be a single mother in London today.
Is this your first visit to Sprint, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
Yes, this is my first visit to Sprint. I’ve already met several of the artists, so I’m expecting some really exciting and unusual work. I haven’t heard any interesting tales yet but I hope to generate some of my own. Probably in the foyer afterwards.
How has the show developed on the way to Camden?
This show has developed massively. I was lucky enough to do a scratch performance of MUVVAHOOD as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Calm Down, Dear feminist theatre festival in Sept 2015. So it’s really special for me to be back with an extended show. I’ve learned a lot, conducted a load more interviews, got the piece up from a 20 min scratch to a full hour work in progress, I’ve added in a few more props, I’ve got a hat and I’ve also got a director on board, the wonderful Julie Addy. She manages to keep me on the straight and narrow and vetoes my more ridiculous ideas, like being lowered into the theatre on a cherry picker. (that’s definitely not happening)
How have you been preparing for Sprint?
I’ve been sprinting. In between researching, interviewing, writing, editing, rehearsing, and eating. I also slept a few hours and I’m raising an actual teenager. So I’m doing OK.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Well firstly I am a real-life single mother actor/writer. Which in the world of theatre makes me an incredibly rare species. So I really think people should come along and see the show and look at me on the stage.Also I say things that have really happened to me and to real people. That makes the show funny, painful, frank and super authentic. Did I mention the hat? I also have a hat.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Sprint (apart from your own!)?
Bricking It by Joanna Griffin, oh, and Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould. Everyone needs Dolly Parton in their life.
If your show was an item being sold on Camden Market, what would it be?
It’d probably be a street performer. One of the ones that does the weird balancing thing that you can’t work out how they do it. And they’re basically out there for ages until they realise it’s time to pick up their kids from school so they leap up and leg it and totally destroy the illusion.
Libby Liburd will be performing MUVVAHOOD at the Sprint Festival on13March 2016