While in lockdown, I took part in a 24 hour playwriting challenge organised by Emberfly Theatre. The theme they gave us was ‘Utopia’. I had 12 hours to write a short monologue based around that theme before it was given to an actor to perform on camera. My monologue, Nirvana Mall, was performed by Hannah Abbott, one of the founders of Emberfly and a wonderful actress. I’m really happy to see the finished results for this little project. You can find the rest of the recorded monologues on Emberfly’s Facebook page.
Since I came out as transgender, I’ve felt that my old header image by Abbigayle Bircham no longer fit who I am as a person, so I’ve had a new banner which I commissioned from artist and video game developer Alayna Butterfly. (@fluttergirly on Twitter) I really liked the original consept and I’m glad that I was able to get something similar.
This short film has been in the works for a very long time, but I’m excited to finally release it online. It tells the story of Sam, an amateur photographer who discovers a world of new and magical subjects to photograph. I made it with artist and filmmaker Abbigayle Bircham between 2015 and 2017.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been working with this lovely and inclusive group of people on a unique little show, partly during the Camden Fringe Festival where it was nominated for an Offie award. Space Age Love Songs by TL Wiswell is a jukebox dance and theatre show with drag performances, LGBTQ+ romance and plenty of 80s New Wave Sci-Fi.
Continue reading “[SM] Space Age Love Songs @ The Two Brewers”
It’s no fun being a Mandroid when your dream is to be a diva. And it’s no fun being a goth, or queer, in an American high school in 1984. But Daniel wants to be a drag queen, while Cami imagines a futuristic dystopia where they both can be free. Together, they will fight the darkness. A new wave coming of age story with a thumping disco heart.
I’m really happy with how our 2019 Camden Fringe production of Scenic Reality has turned out. We’ve all been working so hard to bring this show to the stage and I’m really proud of our cast for putting so much work into realising their characters. This is definitely not the last we’ll be working on Scenic Reality but for now, here’s a collection of production shots. (All photographs were taken by me.)Continue reading “Scenic Reality Production Shots”
Ever since Scenic Reality was performed as a very successful rehearsed reading at The Hope Theatre last year, Samantha and I have been really excited about giving the show a proper run. I can now announce that that time has arrived! Scenic Reality is coming to The Hen & Chickens Theatre this August as part of The Camden Fringe Festival 2019!
Four friends leave school with uncertain futures. One of them, A* student and non-binary auteur Damien Blake, wants to create something important. Film is their medium; immediate and open to manipulation. Set against a background of increasing societal pressures, rising university fees and what can be seen as a youth mental health crisis, Damien’s obsession with exploring what reality actually is starts to put a strain on their relationships.
Presented by New Room Theatre, the show will be performed at The Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington on the 7th – 11th August at 6pm each evening, and if you can to last year’s reading, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve put your feedback to good use in terms of editing and restructuring.
Ticket have just gone on sale, so if you want to be one of the first to book tickets, now is the perfect time to do so. If you’re interested in following the production, you can like and follow our brand new Facebook page, dedicated to Scenic Reality. (As always, you can also follow my own page on Facebook to keep up with other projects.)
This show has been a wonderful journey so far for me, Samantha and everyone else involved, and there’s still plenty to announce so be sure to follow closely to the Facebook page for more announcements leading up to the show. It’s going to be brilliant!
I hate my assigned gender. I always have. I considered posting a video for this but in the end it seemed like emotional overkill considering I’m not a very well known person and I already made a video explaining this to the people I know personally. I’ve always hated being seen as male and have always preferred identifying as female. I am currently in the middle of exploring what this means completely; but, for now, I have a much bigger and more exciting writing announcement to post tomorrow and I would like to get this part of me out in the open before I spend the next few months focusing on that.
Other than this, not much will change for now. My pen name will naturally still be J. B. Pichelski, but also my first name will still be Julian, because I’m really attached to it and historically it can be seen as an androgynous name. I’ll still be exactly the same person, just a person who is more connected and honest with herself. Thank you for reading and I hope we can all look forward to my much more important and exciting announcement tomorrow. I know I am.Continue reading “A Brief Announcement Regarding My Gender”
This is a single frame from a digital art piece called Thousand Year Dawn (Marcel), by digital artist John Gerrard. The video I took this image from is a short retrospective on Gerrard’s work by the Tate Modern. (Hence the watermark in the corner) I first found out about John Gerrard when I saw another piece that he ad made, Sow Farm (near Libbey, Oaklahoma, on display (also at The Tate Modern.) I’ve never actually seen Thousand Year Dawn in person and haven’t been able to find much information on it outside of the above video and a very small Wikipedia section. But despite this, Thousand Year Dawn is one of my favourite pieces of artwork, and a piece which I think about constantly in my own writing.Continue reading “Thousand Year Dawn (Marcel) by John Gerrard”
For the next 4 weeks, I will be working on a one-man show called Sholom Aleichem In The Old Country, starring Saul Reichlin at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town.