“Enchantress weaves words of inner resilience, recovery and revolution in a striking visual anthology. Strange, poetic and acerbically silly, Jeu Jeu la Foille’s Testy Manifesto combines linguistic acrobatics with evocative images, puppetry, and sensory experiences to delve deep into the mechanisms of intimate partner violence. This ‘difficult’ second album is the follow-up to Jeu Jeu la Foille’s Frontal Lobotomy, which dealt with experimental brain surgery while heavily under the influence of Tom Waits.”
Jeu Jeu la Foille (writer/performer Vicky Hancock) brings her show to Camden Fringe (Hen & Chickens Theatre, 6-7 August) – read on for more details!
Tell me about your Camden Fringe show! What’s it all about?
It’s a blend of poetry and visual theatre exploring intimate partner violence, extreme misogyny and the nature of protest. A personal, somewhat irreverent story, and Barbie makes an appearance!
What’s the best thing about being part of a festival like this?
There are tons of cute fringe theatres in this part of London, and it’s lovely to see them all working together for this.
What has your company been up to over the past year of theatre recovery?
I published a book and made a film of my first solo show Jeu Jeu la Foille’s Frontal Lobotomy. I also live streamed that show and performed segments of Testy Manifesto over the internet from my living room. However, nothing works as it’s meant to unless people are in the room with me, it’s so good to be back to live audiences.
Do you have further plans for the show after the Camden Fringe? Or other shows in other spaces?
I’ll be performing the show in a few community-orientated spaces in Hampshire and the South-West over the Autumn, but I want to do more – so please get in touch!
Let’s finish on a one liner. Why should I come to see Jeu Jeu la Foile’s Testy Manifesto?
Where else will you see a uterus puppet reciting a poem on ‘Pro-Life’?