Amy Mason

‘Their story is not quite a celebration, nor is it quite a lament. It’s full of echoes and memories, a thing assembled with love, like an old mix-tape, dug out of a drawer and played years later.’ 5 stars ‘Must See!’ Show The Stage (The Islanders)

I write funny, dark, honest theatre and prose and (sometimes) perform stand-up comedy, all of which centres women and deals with themes around mental health, gender, and sexuality. I have recently acquired a film/tv/theatre agent (Louisa Minghella at Blake Friedmann) who is supporting me to pitch original TV comedy drama and have just received my first commission from Radio 4 (for a monologue). In April 2018 I was a finalist in the Funny Women Awards and in Oct my autobiographical storytelling show Hollering Woman Creek opened the new studio at Bristol Old Vic with a 5 night run. My previous show Mass (Bristol Old Vic Ferment, dir. Kirsty Housley) used the structure of a Roman Catholic Mass to explore my relationship with faith. It enjoyed packed 5 night runs at Bristol Old Vic and Bike Shed (Exeter), and toured Devon with Beaford Arts before touring nationally. My previous show, The Islanders, was also developed by Bristol Old Vic, and was a winner of the 2013 Ideas Tap/Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe Fund . It received numerous 5 and 4 star reviews, was recommended in the Guardian and the Observer and was a 5* ‘must see’ show in The Stage. It was previewed at Bristol Old Vic and BAC, undertook a full run at Edinburgh and is toured the UK with producers Show and Tell. The script for the show was published as a graphic novel by Nasty Little Press. My novel The Other Ida, was winner of the Dundee International Book Prize (2014), shortlisted for the Polari First Book Award and received excellent reviews in the Guardian, The Sunday Mirror, The Oldie, Diva among others.

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Hollering Woman Creek

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Hollering Woman Creek has its own site here: https://holleringwomancreek.wordpress.com/ In 2015, newly pregnant and just off her psych meds, Amy Mason travelled around Texas to research the death penalty for her new novel. This show is about what happened next. BOV Ferment Forrnight Jan 2018 - Hollering Woman Creek by Amy Mason-7022 Featuring an original soundtrack by multi-award winning musicians Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood, Hollering Woman Creek follows Amy as her mental health goes haywire in one of the brashest, biggest, and most baffling US States. See Amy talk about the background to the show here. “As raw as it gets as well charmingly poignant and funny.” The Herald (The Islanders) Supported by Bristol Old Vic Ferment, UCL Culture, ZU-UK, Forest Arts Centre, Dr Irene Petersen (UCL Department of Primary Care & Population), Arts Council England.