Uno Festival 2017
Victoria Fringe Festival 2017
Intrepid Theatre's YOU Show (Workshop), 2015
After the Beep
creator / performer Pamela Bethel
director Geoffrey Ewart
dramaturge Andrew Bailey
design consultant Erin Macklem
Development supported by Theatre SKAM.
About the Show: I found the cassettes from my very own answering machine I had as a teenager during the early 1990's. Despite the obvious risk of death by embarrassment, I'm sharing this archive of adolescence with live audiences. Part confessional, part show-and-tell, it's an exploration of awkward times revealed by the recorded voices of BFs, BFFs, a frenemy and wrong numbers.
Why I Created This Show: When I finally got up the nerve to listen to these tapes, I started thinking that I wanted to do something with them, I wanted to share them. When I started talking about them to anyone who would listen I heard back so many stories about answering machines and other unusual personal archives. The tapes are an unintentional archive; answering machine messages aren't really supposed to be saved. So they have a beautifully real, unfiltered quality. Personally, I'm desperate for less filtering these days.
We are shaped and forged by all of our experiences - the good, the bad and the ugly...perhaps even more so by the bad and the ugly. Times of change and evolution are uncomfortable but necessary. I think about the kinds of mementos we are making these days - what we keep and what we delete. Are you saving only the pretty pictures?