Rose finds her way to Buxton Fringe

Published: 18 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Rose Condo Credit: Robert Norbury

Poet Rose Condo will take audiences at Buxton Fringe on a journey through the “hilarity and heartbreak” of her travels in her solo spoken word show The Geography of Me.

In a blend of poetry and prose, Condo traces her travels through foreign and familiar lands. She enters the stage carrying a large red suitcase from which she pulls a map of the world covered in red dots to show where she has been.

Condo said, "after many months of not being able to travel beyond our own homes, it’s a joy to share a show that celebrates journeys and discovery. I love sharing words about my adventures to different places in the world as well as my inner journeys through the human experience.

“I’ve performed the show in a variety of settings—from pubs, community centres, theatres and front rooms to my own flat where I recorded the show for a digital festival in 2020. The themes seem to resonate strongly with audiences wherever I go and the show encourages them to think about where they like to locate themselves."

The Geography of Me was developed in West Yorkshire with creative support from Chol Theatre and the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Condo has performed the show across the UK and internationally, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Canada's Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Originally from Canada, Condo is currently based in Salford. Her show The Empathy Experiment won best spoken word show at the 2019 Greater Manchester Fringe.

She will perform The Geography of Me at Buxton United Reformed Church, Hardwick Square East, Buxton on Thursday 22 July at 7PM, and Friday 23 and Saturday 24 July at 3PM.