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Sprint 2018: Mabel And Mickey at Camden People's Theatre

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Mabel and Mickey is the debut solo show by poet Kit Finnie, exploring her obsession with the silent movie actress Mabel Normand. As a Barbican Young Poet, former Roundhouse Resident Artist, and member of Spit the Atom spoken word collective, Kit's work represents a new take on performance poetry, inflected with violence, the paranormal, and local history, asking what's at stake when we accidentally stumble across a story we can never truly access, and which will never really be ours. This is a solo performance broken down to its naked bones- the flimsy scaffolding of monologue, sound effect and broken projectors- as Kit is forced to move between practising scenes, the ghost that seems to be haunting the theatre, and her boyfriend's panicked phonecalls about being trapped in her flat. Mabel and Mickey is raw, disorienting theatre, yet still a classic creepy story, from a writer-performer fascinated by the juncture between repulsion and obsession. This is a place where the maligned Mabel can talk back, in the way she was denied while alive, redefining the recycled hearsay, and playing with the history of Hollywood that seems to compel repition. Kit deals with timely themes in a unique voice, inflected with the technology of her own past- old movie cameras, projectors, zoetropes. Effortlessly touching upon the sometimes ghastly intricacies of poignant recent revelations, Mabel and Mickey opens a startling dialogue with the ghosts of an industry that is reluctant to examine its legacy.

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Camden People's Theatre

58-60 Hampstead Road
Somers Town
+44 (0)20 7916 5878

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