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.
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.)
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.
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.
It’s now been a couple of weeks since Scenic Reality was performed as a rehearsed reading at the Hope Theatre last month. I’ve had some time to digest all the feedback from everyone who came to see the reading and begin working on the next edit of the play. I’d like to thank Abbigayle Bircham, Ayse Huseyin and Olly Nelken (Mornington Media) for managing the recording of the performance.
While the recorded version of the reading probably won’t be publically released any time soon, there will still be more opportunities to see Scenic Reality as well as other projects that I’m a part of by following me on Facebook, Twitter and the blog. My director, Samantha Wright, and I have definately not finished with this show yet so be sure to keep an eye out, but in the mean time here’s a few moments from last month’s show: