This Is Just Who I Am

 

Do you find me likeable?

Would you happily spend an hour with me?

How about two?

This Is Just Who I Am is a solo show about identity and authenticity, and the way we navigate the space between them. It introduces us to Miranda, an ordinary 29-year-old woman, and her thoughts about the world, touching on feminism, the meaninglessness of art, Turkish acid house and the plight of the bee. But is this the real Miranda? Or is it just what she wants you to see?

This Is Just Who I Am is a sharply observed exploration of the ‘ideal selves’ we strive to project and the negative mental health effects of our failure to live up to them. It sees Miranda try to be everything she wants you to think she is - intelligent, well-informed, cultured, popular, attractive - simultaneously satirising the liberal middle class ideals she so desperately wants to embody.

Using nothing but a microphone, a poorly put together soundtrack and what looks suspiciously like a child’s swimming costume, Miranda attempts - and ultimately fails - to hide her vulnerabilities. Part fictional autobiography, part ludicrous deceit, This Is Just Who I Am is an unashamedly nonsensical, excruciatingly honest and hilariously ironic portrait of the people we try to be when we don’t feel like ourselves.

This Is Just Who I Am started life as a 20-minute piece commissioned by Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre with mentoring by Drunken Chorus Theatre Company as part of It’s All In Your Head, a collaborative solo theatre project focusing on mental health. It debuted at Camden People’s Theatre as part of Sick of the Fringe Festival in February 2017, followed by a performance at Tristan Bates Theatre as part of FIRST Festival of Solo Performance in April 2017.

The full-length version premiered at the Brewery Fringe, Romford in February 2018, where it won ‘Best Theatre’. This was followed by a run at Camden People’s Theatre in May and a run at Assembly as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In September 2018 it toured Scandinavia, with performances at the Stockholm Fringe Festival and Lahti Fringe, Finland.

The show’s development has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

What people said about it

“Utterly hilarious…charming, funny and darkly comic…highly recommended. A very memorable piece which will stick in the mind long after other shows have been confined to brain-dust.” FringeReview

“Brilliant…Prag is an ace physical comic” The Scotsman

“A playful, devious, deadly serious solo show…Whether it’s social satire, existential angst or a portrait of an identity in freefall, it’s undeniably an intriguing and totally engrossing performance.”   Brian Logan, Artistic Director, CPT

“Miranda challenges and entertains the audience in equal measure, taking them to a place of laughter before expertly pulling the rug out from under them. A really superb, thought-provoking piece of theatre.”  Chris Williams, Producer, GLYPT

“Beautifully performed, hilarious and unique” Audience member, Stockholm Fringe

“You really made us laugh - neatly sidestepping cliche and the obvious and propelling yourself gently into the absurd” Audience member, Edinburgh Fringe

“Really great. I was weeping with laughter” Audience member, Edinburgh Fringe

“Really engaging and thought provoking” Audience member, CPT

Tour dates 2018

Camden People’s Theatre, London 24-26 May, 9pm

Assembly Rooms @ Edinburgh Fringe 2-25 August, 8.55pm

Vaahterasali @ Lahti Fringe Festival, Finland 30 August, 7pm

Ö2 @ Stockholm Fringe Festival, Sweden 13 September, 5pm and 15 September, 2pm

Junction, Goole 9 November, 8pm