"Some people teach, some people save lives, but not everyone has the skill I have...
I realised my own calling for it when I was at Trevor’s mother’s funeral."
After years of false starts and missed chances Howard has finally found his calling in life. He’s recently qualified as a funeral celebrant. He’s making a difference to society, at last, he feels like he matters.
We follow Howard through his successes and failures as he struggles to become the most in demand funeral celebrant in the country, only to discover an incident from his past that continues to haunt him. Celebrate is a monologue that examines the routines that govern how we cope with loneliness and grief, and how we are shaped by the stories that we create.
Celebrate is written by Callum Cameron, performed by Brian Tynan and directed by Lucy Wray. It was shortlisted for the Finborough Theatre's 2018 Radius Drama Award. It is produced by Fledgling Theatre and sponsored by The Institute of Professional Celebrants There will be an open Q & A session following the Saturday 23rd February Matinee performance in the Liana Lounge with Stuart Morris, director of The Institute of Professional Celebrants. (https://www.instituteofprofessionalcelebrants.org)
Part of Let's Talk @ VAULT Festival with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
Callum Cameron - Writer:
Callum trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he is an actor, writer and a co-director of Fledgling Theatre. His first play 'They Built It. No One Came.' ran at Pleasance for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe before a UK Tour in 2017 to the Greenwich Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Brighton Fringe, New Diorama, Old Firestation, and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
Lucy Wray - Director:
Lucy Wray is a director and theatre maker. Previously for Fledgling: They Built It. No One Came. (Pleasance Edinburgh; UK Tour)
She is currently Resident Director at the Almeida (The Tragedy of King Richard the Second dir Joe Hill-Gibbins) and Associate Director to Zoe Svendsen (METIS) We Know Not What We May Be (Barbican); World Factory (Young Vic, UK Tour).
Directing Credits include: Left My Desk (short film); Left My Desk by Olivia Hirst (New Diorama, HOME Manchester); Boots by Jessica Butcher (VAULT Festival, Highly Commended Award); COW by Jessica Barker-Wren (Bike Shed Exeter, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wilton's Music Hall); RUN by Stephen Laughton (The Bunker, Nominated for Best Production & Best Actor Off West End Awards); EGGS by Florence Keith Roach (VAULT Festival); Goodstock by Olivia Hirst (New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre, Pleasance Edinburgh).
Brian Tynan - Performer:
Brian trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He most recently appeared in THE CURED with Ellen Page. Theatre credits: Crude Prospects (VAULT Festival), Waiting For Godot (Reading Rep), Hell Hath No Fury, Seven (Secret Theatre, London and Hong Kong), The Owls Are Not What They Seem, Tartuffe (The Space), Foxglove (VAULT Festival).
Sophia Pardon - Designer
Sophia is a set, costume and puppet designer who graduated from the Wimbledon College of Arts MA in Theatre Design in September 2017 with Distinction, with a previous BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Warwick University.
Writer: Callum Cameron
Director: Lucy Wray
Performer: Brian Tynan
Set Design: Sophia Pardon
Lighting Design: Rachel Sampley
Sponsor: The Institute of Professional Celebrants
Producer: Fledgling Theatre
Praise for 'They Built It. No One Came.'
“Reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch... Radiating warmth and with a very tight script, They Built It. No One Came is a style of storytelling that sits perfectly within its 1-hour time slot.” – British Theatre Guide, ★★★★
“Told succinctly with humour and compassion... about how we are capable of undermining our own best intentions and how far we might have to compromise our ideals in order to get others to share them.” – The Scotsman, ★★★★
“A debut Fringe spectacle of mirth-shattering surreal brilliance.” -
The Edinburgh Reporter, ★★★★★
“Full of intriguing nuance and believable characterisation... At once entertaining and devastating, with bucketfuls of playfulness” – A Younger Theatre, ★★★★
“Callum Cameron’s text is funny, touching and deeply effective ” ★★★★★ The New Current
“Reminiscent of Waiting for Godot ... this is a quirky, folksy play with a difference.” - ★★★★ Mind The Blog