Put The Book Down: Mine

Put The Book Down's one-woman play Mine is on Wednesday 28 June at 6.30pm in the Burton Taylor Studio.

Hi there, why don’t you introduce yourself?

Hello my name is Doug - and I'm Maisie! - and together we are Put the Book Down. 

NICE TO MEET YOU! SO, WHAT’S THE SHOW YOU’RE BRINGING TO OFFBEAT AND WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

We are bringing our show Mine to the Oxford Offbeat Festival. It's an intense critically acclaimed one woman show about a mother who discovers her son has committed a truly unspeakable crime. 

WHAT KIND OF PERSON DO YOU THINK WILL ENJOY THIS SHOW?

We think both theatregoers and non theatregoers alike will 'enjoy' our show, however we must stress it's more of lasting experience for audience members rather than a light evening of entertainment! We have had some great feedback so far and lots of people have told us it left a lasting impression and they'd be thinking about it for a long time after the show finished. Looking to the future of the show we are also hoping to invite both teachers and police to see if this is something we could maybe use as a crime prevention tactic (this is all early-doors yet, though, and nothing has been set in stone).

CAN YOU SUM UP THE PITCH FOR YOUR SHOW IN 6 WORDS?

Intense roller-coaster ride of emotion. 

WHAT’S THE BACKGROUND TO THE SHOW? WHY DID YOU MAKE IT? WHAT’S THE JOURNEY BEEN LIKE SO FAR?

This is the first play I've written (Doug). The idea came when I saw the news circulating that the lead singer of a band I was fond of was charged for a horrific criminal offence. Having been a fan of the band, I had seen video footage of his mother talking about his success on an music channel interview years previously and I just thought what on earth must she be going through right now. I started writing it and got Maisie on board, and we set about creating a play about a forgotten victim whose voice is very rarely heard in the media. We performed the show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and got some fantastic critical success! It's been a bit of a whirlwind but we took the show back into development with direction from Kathryn King to sharpen it up early this year and are now taking it on a mini tour ending with a month long run in Edinburgh in August. 

WHAT OTHER COOL STUFF HAVE YOU DONE THAT FOLKS MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT?

Alongside being part of Put the Book Down we are also artists in our own right. Doug is part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and Maisie works as a freelance actress and is a member of the National Youth Theatre. 

ARE YOU EXCITED TO TAKE THIS SHOW TO OFFBEAT? WHY?

We are exited about bringing the show to Oxford as it's always been a dream to have our work programmed at the Oxford Playhouse. We are also really looking forward to what other theatre companies have to offer and think Offbeat is such a fantastic supportive platform for emerging artists.   

FINALLY, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SAY TO FOLKS IN OXFORD?

We want to say thanks so much to Offbeat for the support they've shown, please come and see the play on Wednesday the 28th June 6:30 in the Burton Taylor Studio! We can't wait - see you there!