The Poetry We Make at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Thursday 21 December 2017

Comedy drama - Festivals - London Fringe

Featuring live performances of some of Dolly Parton's greatest hits, The Poetry We Make explores love, loss and what gender actually counts for - heading to Vault Festival from 7 February 2018.
The Poetry We Make at Vault Festival

Image: Flugelman Productions

Who do we fall in love with: a body, a soul, a gender?

When Elliot discovers the love of her life Robin has started to transition to become a woman, her world turns upside down.

With the help of her hero and spirit guide Dolly Parton, Elliot examines the memories of the man she loved - re-imagining what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be in love.

Featuring live performances of some of Dolly Parton's greatest hits, The Poetry We Make explores love, loss and what gender actually counts for.

Based on real life events and developed by RADA graduates, Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal and Edwina Strobl, this fresh new work brings together an extraordinary cast of performers and musicians, including Elena Voce, Mia Hall and transgender performer Elijah W. Harris.

Flugelman Productions won the O2's ThinkBig bursary to develop this show, with additional aid from StoneCrabs Theatre, supported by Wilton's Music Hall and the Old Vic New Voices project for outstanding young artists.

The Poetry We Make provides an intimate narrative into the effects of the transition of gender on a pre-exiting, formerly heteronormative and cis relationship.

Flugelman Productions hopes to open a forum of discussion into transgender awareness by welcoming and challenging their audiences to continue the battle towards equality for non-cis identifying individuals.

Flugelman Productions was founded by two sisters originally from Australia; Victoria and Edwina Strobl, to bring together performers, musicians and dancers, from all over the world.

Edwina Strobl - Director

Edwina is Artistic Director of Flugelman Productions.

She is an Associate Director with StoneCrabs Theatre company.

As Director: For Flugelman Productions: The Poetry We Make October 2016 - July 2016; Season To Taste (56 St James) December 2015.

Elsewhere: Boxman for StoneCrabs Theatre (the Albany, Deptford), Nuns for Perform and Give (Etcetera Theatre, Camden Fringe) Hecastus (King's College London), Chatroom (St. Dunstan's Arts Festival).

As Assistant Director: Fur Elise, assisting Ramiro Silveira for Contemporary Brazilian Theatre (Brazilian Embassy) Day Job for Fanny Pack Theatre (Bread and Roses), I am not Antigone for The Zeitgeist Company (RADA Festival).

Edwina graduated in 2015 with an MA in Text and Performance from Birkbeck and RADA.

Victoria Strobl - Executive Producer

Victoria is executive producer of Flugelman Productions.

Her work as a theatre producer, writer and creative consultant has included the presentation of shows in NY, London and Sydney, inclding Season to Taste in 2015 and Sex Around the City: The Walking Tour of Shame in 2016.

Also a documentary film and television series producer, Victoria has more than fourteen years' experience working internationally.

Victoria is now a partner in ModernEpic, an award-winning creative content studio based in New York.

The Poetry We Make - production history

The development of the script has so far been generously supported by Old Vic New Voices, who have provided workshop and rehearsal space, and Wilton's Music Hall, who facilitated a week long development process culminating in a sold out reading in October as part of their 'Plays Without Decor' scheme.

In March 2017, award-winning theatre company StoneCrabs Theatre agreed to partner with Flugelman Productions to co-produce and oversee the tour of The Poetry We Make.

The show was also performed as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival at the Marlborough Theatre on the 6th and 7th of May 2017 and was nominated for Beyond The Fringe Award.

In June and July 2017 Flugelman produced a London Fringe venue tour supported by Arts Council of England - performing at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, The Old Red Lion and at the RADA Festival 2017.


Elena Voce - Elliott

Elijah W Harris - Robin

Mia Hall - Dolly Parton

Sam Thorpe-Spinks - Paul


Author: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal

Director: Edwina Strobl

Designer: Alexandra Kapsala

Musical direction: Ella Bellsz

Lighting: Jess Bernberg

Movement: Carissa Rickeard

Dramaturg: Lucinda Dale

Production: Flugelman Productions


The Vaults

Launcelot Street


London SE1 7AD


7 to 11 February 2018

Running time: 60 mins



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