Arts Derbyshire

08.05.2024

FLUFF comes to Underground at Spring Gardens for this year’s Buxton Fringe

FLUFF comes to Underground at Spring Gardens for this year’s Buxton Fringe

Teepee Productions is so excited to present its debut performance of ‘FLUFF’ as part of this year’s Buxton Fringe Festival. Developed with Alzheimer’s Society, Herts Musical Memories & Trauma Breakthrough, the award-winning solo-show follows Fluff as she untangles the traumatic past that shaped her present.

Writers and producers Tayla Kenyon & James Piercy created the show following their meeting on an online writer’s course. Tayla trained as an actor and worked as a drama teacher, but always fostered a love of writing. James had experience writing short plays & films but had never tackled a one-person show. Fast forward three years, and they have now created their own production company; (which is constantly expanding with more talented creatives), an award-winning show that has been performed to small and large communities alike, and have several other projects now in development. The company was formed after receiving funding from Watford & Hertsmere Council to take the show to small community venues around Watford. Here, the show received fantastic audience feedback, including from the local Mayor & MP and raised significant funds for our partnered charities.

FLUFF was born both through research and findings from our charities, but also through personal experience. Sadly, Tayla lost her own grandfather to dementia and it was important to Teepee that the show is not only an authentic portrayal of the illness, but works to give back to the dementia community.
Although many stories have been told exploring these themes, FLUFF’s non-linear device works to make the audience piece FLUFF’s life together alongside her, giving them an insight to the illness itself. It’s important to us that FLUFF is not only defined by her illness, but instead, the mistakes she has made due to being a product of intergenerational trauma, and in conclusion, what and who she is left with when her life starts to deteriorate.

“Fluff doesn’t know whose birthday she’s celebrating, where she is, and who keeps visiting her room. But before unveiling these mysteries, she needs to navigate through her life’s memories; desperately trying to piece it together; story by story, person by person. This darkly comedic play explores memories and the choices we make in life. The non-linear plot line allows the audience to feel, first hand, the devastating effects of dementia, through joining Fluff in her journey to put the puzzle pieces together.”

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