The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories)
Working with long term collaborator Francesca Millican-Slater, The Forensics of a Flat (and other stories) was produced in association with Birmingham Repatory Theatre in May 2014, supported by Arts Council England and The Sir Barry Jackson Trust. It toured in 2014, and there is a planned tour for autumn 2015.
“I live in a flat made of wooden walls, 70’s carpet and doors that are locked from the other side. In the dark of the night, I listen to the building. It tells of finger prints on door handles, skins cells in the carpet, ghosts in the plumbing.”
A dissection of the history of a building and its surrounding area in the south of Birmingham. Francesca tells stories about her beloved flat, the area it stands in, what it used to be, what it will become and the people that have populated it. It’s a bit stand up, a bit biography, a bit documentary, a love affair with a local area to the tune of bad Karaoke.
***** ‘This is an incredible one woman show about an honest, charismatic, clever, sweet and most of all emotive relationship.’ The Upcoming
**** ‘She has a gift for lively story-telling and an audience naturally warms to her’ A View From Behind Arras
**** ‘Francesca Millican-Slater is a wonderful storyteller, and having to say goodbye to the flat as its renovated is rather upsetting, although singing at top volume with everyone does ease the pain’ The Public Reviews
‘Francesca Millican Slater considers loss, change, place and space in The Forensics of Flat. Anyone who saw her Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs will know this won't be time wasted.’ Lyn Gardner’s What to See Tips, The Guardian
The Forensics of a Flat toured nationally between 2014 - 2016, including dates with Birmingham REP, Oxford Playhouse, Pulse Festival Ipswich and Rural Touring Schemes.
Download the tour booking information pack here
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