Fringe keeps it in the family

Published: 28 September 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Conversation with Marilyn, for mum, daughter and partner

Greater Manchester Fringe plans to return this autumn—with some shows keeping it in their families, social bubbles, households or online.

Bloomin' Heck Productions is a mother and daughter collaboration staging their first performance piece, Conversation with Marilyn, October 13–14 at the King's Arms in Salford.

Kim Haley from Bolton is obsessed by Marilyn Monroe, but was unaware of her own mother's unacknowledged borderline personality disorder. Researching Marilyn's life was an enlightening experience as she slowly became aware of behavioural similarities between the actress and her mother.

Kim’s own daughter Nathalie explains: "the show is about Marilyn, but through that we can discuss mental health issues, feminism, sexuality, how women were treated by Hollywood and casting couch culture."

All the male roles are played by Nathalie's real-life partner and fitness trainer Matt Rigby.

Elizabeth Todd and Will Main, theatre and performance students from the University of Salford have created a performance with several fellow students, It's Complicated, a selection of monologues and duologues about the complications of life.

It explores relationships and experiences that tend to go unspoken in everyday life, such as disability, grief, sexuality, introvertism and more. It will be performed at The Kings Arms in Salford on October 10 at 4PM and 7PM.

Also in the Fringe line-up is Killer Queen, November 19 to 21, at The Old Abbey Taphouse, first performed last year in Liverpool.