Monday, 25 October 2010

Momentum Festival

Preview of upcoming shows plus Interview with local poet Marilyn Ricci

Leicester poet, Marilyn Ricci, will join other budding playwrights this week when the Momentum Festival opens at Curve.

Giving already talented writers a chance to turn their skills at theatre making is a rare opportunity for many of the East Midlands marvels who will be producing shows over the next week.

City-born Marilyn has always secretly loved playwriting and is excited about her production which is tale close to her heart.
She said, “I’m working on a book with the Leicester Somali community which includes stories from their lives and their escape from the war-torn country. I asked some of the women if I could use parts of their stories to write a play and they said yes.”

She added, “The book, which will be out next Spring, is based on the civil war in Somali. I think anyone who has an interest in their culture would find the show fascinating.”

Marilyn admits she has written many plays in the past despite her roots lying in poetry. She said, “This experience has been great for me. I have written plays before but nothing has come of them so to actually work with professionals and see my piece come to life is amazing. I’d love to get the opportunity to do it again.”

The Theatre Writing Partnership and Curve will launch the festival tonight (Tuesday, October 26) with a one-woman show about social networking dilemmas and comedy mishaps – Fakebook by Michelle Vacciana.

Momentum Festival program:

Tuesday, October 26 2010 7pm

Wednesday, October 27 2010 7pm
Palm, Wine and Stout (Segun Lee French)

Thursday, October 28 2010
Unzipped (Talawa’s Writing Group)

Friday, October 29 2010 2pm/7pm – Saturday, October 30 2010 2pm/7pm
Extracts I-IV (Catharine Ashdown/Marilyn Ricci/Sundeep Maan Singh/Alice Nicholas/Louise Singleton.

Tickets cost £5 each or £25 for s festival pass. Visit for more details.

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