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Preview: Quarter Life Crisis at Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
Exploring heritage, expectations, generational guilt and asking what does it means to be a grown up?
Yolanda Mercy and Jade Lewis Present:
Quarter Life Crisis
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th September 2017
Written and Performed by Yolanda Mercy
Directed by Jade Lewis
Following on from the success of its Edinburgh Fringe run 2017, Quarter Life Crisis begins its first UKtour. The piece was originally premiered at Underbelly, as part of their Untapped Season (which supported four pieces of new theatre writing to endorse during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe). She then went on to win the 2017 Underbelly Untapped Award.
Through Quarter Life CrisisYolanda Mercy examines her own life and the lives of the generations before her in a semi-autobiographical, painfully honest piece about being in your mid-twenties all depicted through the relatable character Alicia.
Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn't know what she's doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though she's a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they're going in life, but she's trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. What does it mean to be an adult, and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive baselines, spoken word and audience participation.
Yolanda Mercy explained ‘It got to a point in my life where my cousin who is 10 days younger than me announced that he was getting married. My close friend revealed she was having a baby. But my biggest concern was How Can I keep my young persons railcard. The more I looked around me it seemed that everyone was adulting.”
Yolanda trained at the BritSchool, Laban and Central School of Speech and Drama. She was named Artist to Watch 2017 by the British Council, is an Associate Artist at OvalHouse, part of the BBC London Voices writers program and her writing has also been featured in Huffington Post.
Originally supported by Ovalhouse, Arc Stockton and Mentored by Third Angel.