Hope you are all getting excited for the Jabberwocky Market as it now only days away!
Now the festival is not just about theatre performances, there is also the opportunity to attend various workshops and talks including a workshop on storytelling and poetry from Shame’s John Berkavitch to how powerful personal stories can be within the theatre environment.
However I thought I would delve a bit further into the lady behind ‘97 Years’ as she prepares to give a talk during ‘Lunch with Jo Heller’ at the Civic Theatre on Saturday.
Jo is a Bristol based artist,who graduated from Dartington College in 2010. Jo likes to work with sound, performance, film and installation which just about sums up what you can expect to see and hear from 97 years.
The interesting thing about 97 years is that there is one solo performer on stage who has a series of ‘conversations’ with her grandfather. It explores the tenderness of ageing and what happens when we start to lose hold of our memories. The sound in this performance is also filtered which creates a soundscape within the theatre space, in my opinion this enables the audience to have the power to deconstruct the piece.
Recently, Jo has also worked on a project which sees women having the opportunity to travel more by bike, it helped to break down the barriers of cycling for woman and also bike maintenance. Jo even helped to teach women to learn to ride which has encouraged those to have more freedom in their home towns.
If you would like to find out more about Jo or 97 years, don’t forget to pop into the Civic Theatre this Saturday from 12pm. Tickets cost £2 and can be purchased from the festival hub in the indoor market.