"Hands up who's bored of white people making sentimental autobiographical solo shows that use direct address, spoken-word, and gritty clichéd accounts of other people's struggles for the entertainment of the middle classes. The well-established default.
Fresh off the back of a sell-out scratch at Camden People's Theatre, OPAL FRUITS is an unreliable solo show about the fetishisation of the feral female - about working-class women and the trouble with 90's nostalgia - spliced with stories from four generations of women who came of age on the same council estate in South London.
OPAL FRUITS is Holly Beasley-Garrigan's debut solo show. It's a tongue-in-cheek questioning of the broader implications of faux-working-class cultural trends and a re-claiming and re-casting of the self-congratulatory, spoken-word solo show. The show explores what it means to be making performance as a working-class artist today... to have a stake in two worlds but to feel as though you don't really fit into either.
“In 1998 a much loved British sweet changed its name to – we don’t say that name here. It was all downhill.”
Arts Council England
Streatham Space Project
Camden People's Theatre
Holly Beasley-Garrigan is a Choreographer, Theatre-Maker and Performer with a background spanning Theatre, Dance, Music and Live Art. She is best known for her award winning work with Fine Chisel and Flanagan Collective.
Concerned with reclaiming & restructuring the spaces we inhabit - as a gay, working class, female artist - she likes making anarchic work for unusual spaces and audiences; specialising in devised, site-specific, immersive and inter-disciplinary performance.
Previous acclaim includes Scotsman Fringe First & MTN Innovation Award for Fine Chisel’s Dumbstruck (2013); ThreeWeeks Editors' Award for Fine Chisel’s Edinburgh Season (2012); Best Collective Award for The Flanagan Collective’s Adelaide Season (2016).
Holly co-runs Woman SRSLY, a new platform at The Yard Theatre which champions female-led performance and is an original choreographer, writer and performer with The Guild of Misrule's Immersive Great Gatsby - a show she co-created in 2015 - which is now the longest-running immersive show in the UK.
Writer: Holly Beasley-Garrigan
Performer: Holly Beasley-Garrigan
Producer: Rosie Brear
Lighting Designer: Sorcha Strzala
★★★★ - "a very enjoyable act" - Plays to See