“There’s no bullshit with Violet. She’ll say something blunt like, ‘life can be lonely’ and I’ll be like, ‘yeah it can’ and that’s it. Then we just crack on. It’s nice”
Violet is starting to forget, but she's got a long life to remember before she does. There are rights to wrong and ends to tie up; a life well lived is never neat. Generations younger, Bertie is at the beginning with no idea what lies ahead.
From new playwright Bebe Sanders and award-winning company Poor Michelle, Violet is a new play about human connection and inter-generational friendships. It quietly explores themes of mental health, dementia, and loneliness without forgetting the often funny and absurd moments of ordinary life.
Poor Michelle produce new plays that reconsider clichéd or under-explored narratives. Named in homage to the often overlooked, third member of the girl band Destiny’s Child, the female led creative team are on a mission to give the Michelles of this world some of Beyoncé’s stage time.
Poor Michelle’s first show, Harry, opened at Theatre N16 in April 2016 and then went on to the Kings Head, Streatham Festival and Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe. Their next production, Thick Skin, won them the Buzz Goodbody Director Award and the Samuel French New Play Award at the National Student Drama Festival in April 2017, and then went on to a sell-out performance at the Paines Plough Roundabout in Edinburgh. Both plays were published by Oberon Books. In 2018, as Associate Artists of Theatre N16, they ran a project called Decade with women aged 16 and 26 across the city, exploring the power and place of the female voice over the last ten years.
Bebe Sanders (Writer/ Performer of Violet) joined Poor Michelle as part of Decade. She graduated from the Bristol Old Vic in 2013 and her credits since include Twelfth Night (Orange Tree), Three Winters (National Theatre) and international tours of The Bunker Triology and The Frontier Trilogy (Jethro Compton Productions). Her first play ‘Pebbles’ had a sell-out run at The Katzspace in October 2017.
Writer/Performer: Bebe Sanders
Director: Ellie Gauge
Production Manager: Ben Giles
Sound Designer: Julian Starr
The Scotsman | 4 STAR | “Touching moments... in a way that you rarely see on stage”
Lyn Gardner - The Stage | "I have a particular place in my heart for Poor Michelle's quietly haunting Violet. An understated, unflashy and affecting story of unexpected redemption”
Bam Bam Madame | "Violet is a story in which two souls from different worlds offer one another a new chance - at life and at laughter. Sanders prompts us to remember that old-age and the pains that come with it does not make one invisible; rather, with a bit of effort and a lot of kindness, a wealth of stories are there to be shared... even if some are repeated a few times”