Jenny Nibbingley and Burton
Mastrick truly need no introduction. Their
novels have long been secretly well-regarded
by those in the know, but rarely read by the
general public. Their shared
history has alternately shocked and baffled
their literary cohorts; why would they write
with such deceptive honesty about their
relationship, and yet, really, who actually
cares. Joanna Neary
and Ben Moor are happy to introduce their
lifelong friends to literary audiences, in
what should be an enlightening discussion of
such essential books as Why Reigate,
Randoms, Hatred of Broccoli, and Only
If I Have To. Tim Timminey
will moderate. Book Signing
Jenny and Burton, with Tim, are delighted to be talking books on the road in summer 2022.
Firstly, they'll be at The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar in London's exciting Highbury Corner on July 16th at 6.30pm - TICKETS AVAILABLE
Next they will be at the Latitude Festival's Listening Post stage on Thursday 21st July.
And at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,
the Pleasance Courtyard is hosting them at The Green for two afternoons -
2.45pm on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August - TICKETS AVAILABLE
Then on September 16th they will be booktalking at The Constitutional, Farsley, W. Yorks - TICKETS AVAILABLE
As the first part of 2018 rolled along I was
delighted to be performing Pronoun Trouble in
London and around the country. It had been
created specifically for The Idler Academy at
Port Eliot Festival in 2017, programmed in the
prestigious 10am Saturday morning slot, and
without much expectation after that. So why not
do a new thing for them this year? Why not
something a bit more ambitious, involving
another actor on stage?
I had an idea about creating a piece about an
awfully awkward book event after seeing one or
two in my time, and occasionally even being
involved in them. The team at The Idler were
right behind the idea without knowing much more
about it, and Port Eliot was happy to simply
announce the fake authors on their website too.
The part of Jenny (and all the other writers)
was written specifically for the brilliant Jo
Neary and she was extremely patient with
me as I prepared the piece and edited it during
the early Summer. Her craft talent was
invaluable in the making of the "books" and her
incredible comedy skills made the performance
such a delight. The gorgeous music was composed
and played by Pad Mclean, and he also recorded
the audiobook section - thank you Pad!
There seems to be only one photograph of the
show - tip o' the hat to Andy Miller:
The piece was received wonderfully by the
audience who I feared were going to be baffled
and bored by the iterations and circulations,
but instead laughed a lot and gave us a lovely
round of applause at the end. The reading lists
were snapped up, and badges saying "teaspoon
gondola" and "basically fingers" went down
I really hope we get to perform it again - I
think it would be ideal for bookshops, literary
festivals and similar events.
And there are now some fab photos of Burton and
Jenny taken by the excellent Natalie Shaw.
In 2019 we performed the piece at:
Bookseller Crow on the Hill,
Phoenix Arts, Brighton
Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Curious Arts / Byline Festival
And they have all been a delight.
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