The Faraway Woman
the public and private thoughts of another complex woman
Enid Blyton said that ‘she thought as a child and wrote as a child. She was a forever child’.
Love her or loathe her – she wrote prolifically 10,000 words a day with a type-writer on her lap. Labeled racist, classist, and banned in libraries for years – her books have enjoyed a huge resurgence in sales in recent years. But who was the woman that kept her own children hidden, if not locked away, whilst she entertained other children with tea and readings from her books. What was – her child hood like or her two marriages? Another complex woman explored by AsOne theatre company. Blyton adored the Purbecks; Swanage in particular where she holidayed, bought a home, and was inspired to write the Famous Five. George was born in Enid’s image. A girl who whistled, had her hands in her pockets, was brave, kind and had adventures. Simple plots, characters, simple morals – read by millions.
What made her who she was and write what she did?
We are currently in the process of commissioning a play from actor, director, and playwright – Jamie Chapman. It will be about the woman behind the writing. Jamie is well known on television for roles in Extras, Red Dwarf, Coming of Age, Eastenders. Jamie Chapman is an actor best known for his regular role (Brains) in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s sitcom ‘Extras’. He played ‘Ziggy’ in ‘Red Dwarf’ (Series 12) and recently appeared in cinemas in the festive comedy ‘Nativity Rocks’ (playing Tony – evil henchman of Craig Revel-Horwood!) Other TV credits include ‘Catherine Tate’s Nan’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Doctors’, and ‘Coming of Age’.
Shiny Blue Dress
A chilling new play; a brave testimony of family abuse from Bournemouth is told through a tale of dreams & allegory.
A damaged child – validated by the gift of a blue shiny dress – now a mother & wife, finds her voice – escaping ‘The tangled-wood’, ‘The crying doll’, & ‘The pack of silver-haired dogs’. This chillingly relevant drama is aimed to give goose bumps, illuminate & stir our hearts to act. Blue Shiny Dress’s challenging mix of words, puppetry, music, film, & theatrical effect will tear open in order to heal. But importantly it will celebrate bravery & hope.
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