Steeling the Turbine

Kathy Burke will direct one-woman show Honest Amy at the Turbine Theatre (inside the old Battersea Power Station) from March to April next year.

The self-deprecating and hilariously honest confessional is written and performed by Amy Booth-Steel and was a success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year – which Kathy also directed. It will run at the Turbine from March 24 to April 11, closing out the season. You can buy tickets online.

Here’s the description of the show from the Turbine Theater’s website:

Remember when I got cancer and had a breakdown in Tesco’s? Then literally went mental and posted some songs on Twitter? When anxiety was at full capacity level, my mum bought me a ukulele and it has saved my life. I wrote some songs and randomly posted them online. Shit. Got. Real! Before I knew it there were millions of hits. I have no idea how it has all happened but people just seemed to relate to my random bedroom tales! This is a common story about common people.

The show has been variously described as “a class act, filled with warmth, honesty and outstanding comic timing” (The Stage) to “a feel-good show about feel-bad experiences that tends towards fortune-cookie conclusions” (The Guardian).

The news also explains why, back in June, it was announced that Kathy was co-directing new play I Think We Are Alone: that play is touring the UK and running from February to May.

Which means, presumably, that the shows in Plymouth, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Stratford, Newscastle, Bristol, Oxford and Salford will be directed by Kathy, and the others – Leicester, Southampton and Guildford – will be directed by Stephen Graham.

No one ever said Kathy wasn’t afraid of hard work.