One woman’s search for identity in Buxton Fringe show

Published: 7 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Valerie Monti-Holland as Rosarita in Desert Bloom

South Yorkshire-based Plush Tiger Productions takes a new version of Clara-Nel Haddon’s Desert Bloom, performed by Valerie Monti-Holland, to Buxton Fringe.

Since the company’s inception five years ago, Plush Tiger has performed at both the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe festivals. Clara-Nel Haddon is both writer and producer and her latest work is an “extraordinary tale of one woman’s search for identity and the blurred lines between fact, fiction, fantasy and fake news”.

Desert Bloom features Rosarita who from the arid heat of a Nevada trailer park gives an insight into the lives and intimate secrets of Marilyn Monroe, John F Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.

The revelation that Rosarita had been abandoned as a baby and raised by adoptive parents together with the stories of Monroe’s many love affairs finally lead her to discover the “shocking” truth about her own real identity.

Directed by Mick Connell and Ray Globe, Desert Bloom is at the Rotunda Theatre, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Wednesday 10 July at 4:30PM, Friday 12 July at 6PM and Thursday 18 July at 3PM.