A musical that links us together.

Louise Hollingsworth is bringing her first production, Paperclips – The Musical, to the London Fringe. I got a chance to interview Hollingsworth about her show, her subject choice, and being a part of the festival.

What is your show about?

Paperclips is a hammed up, true life, musical comedy review about my eight years’ experience working for Staples. It is about the people who come in the door and the associates that walk the floor.

Photo courtesy of Louise Hollingsworth

What drew you to the London Fringe Festival?

The festival allows for shorter length productions, allocates participation by lottery and encourages local plays. It is an annual festival that I have had the pleasure of attending and as such provided a known target to aim for when I was writing the play. As this is my very first ever production the festival also provides all the infrastructure (location, marketing, sound, and lights) to present a production which would be overwhelming the first-time round. Launching my play is overwhelming enough.

What should audience members expect to take away from your show?

Audience members will be reassured in a warm belly way, that we all belong, and we all belong together.

Why did you choose this subject to explore?

“Write about what you know” is always the advice given and I know working at Staples. The retail environment provides oodles of stories to share and is a relatable theme. We have all been to Staples so we will all find something familiar within Paperclips.

When and where is your show going on?

Procunier Hall, Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street, London:

Show times:

Thurs. June 1st – 5:45
Sat. June 3rd – 6:00
Sun. June 4th – 8:00
Wed. June 7 – 6:45
Thurs. June 8 – 5:15
Sat. June 10 – 8:00

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

I would definitely join the crew who clucked liked chickens but I would want us to perform like a choir while crossing a road.

What was your last Tweet?

Been rehearsing @paperclipsmusic so I am all ready for the @LondonFringe. 

Thanks to @heatherisatwit for the space.

Take us through your morning routine in as much detail as possible.

I currently only have part time employment so each day is different.

This morning I was scheduled to begin work at 5 am at Checker Limousine, where I am a call taker, and so set my alarm to wake up for 4 am. The dog started her day at 3 am so although my husband dealt with the dog I was still awake long before my alarm went. At 4 am I got up and began to prepare for the day.

On my way into the kitchen, I plugged in my phone to charge. I had prepared the coffee maker last night and flipped the on switch on my way to the the bathroom to have a wash and brush my teeth.

Back in the kitchen I find my favourite little cup from Cuba and pour myself a nice hot cup of black coffee. I get my thermos and travel mug and fill them both up. I grab my work bag from my office and back in the kitchen I load up my bag with the coffee, the lunch I prepared last night. I add a water bottle with very diluted cherry juice and my headset, remember to get my phone, and my supplies are ready to go.

Making sure I have a full cup of coffee I go to get dressed for the day. Today I have chosen light blue crop pants and a blue and white t-shirt. It is getting on towards 4:20 and I have to get moving.

I gather all my supplies for my day at work and leave the house through the side door.  I left my car on the road last night and so I have a bit of a walk. I start my car and begin my journey to work, this time down Oxford St. for a change.

Do you think that the postmodern condition of cynicism towards metanarratives is itself a metanarrative?

The postmodern condition does see the rise of a collective cynical metanarrative which can be seen as the disillusionment of unfulfilled modernists.  Moving from the acceptance of sacred and unwavering truths into the waters of truth being based on the muddy waters of arbitrary fluidity can indeed produce cynicism. Whereas this self-referential experience can be seen to become dismantled under the growing hope, without absolute truth, of the interconnected communities of the millenniums.

What Fringe shows are you excited for this year?

Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story because it promises to be a good story with singing and dancing.

The Merkin Sisters is coming from a group that has a history of doing good shows.

Figgy Pudding and Whisper Into My Good Ear have great reviews.

And of course, the performers showcase and Circus of the Stars.

Want to know more about this little gem? Check out the site right here. And while you’re perusing, don’t miss Fuse’s Fringe coverage featuring interviews with different participating artists during every day of the festival!

For showtimes check out the Fringe schedule right here and don’t forget to grab those tickets!

Feature photo via Wikimedia Commons


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