21 June 2020 – 21 June 2020

by Hannah Maxwell

written and performed by Hannah Maxwell

"89 years. 172 different productions. I am the first female member of my family to not appear in a Thalians show for a reason other than pregnancy."

Amateur dramatics. The hidden history of many a performance artist.

From four generations of leading ladies comes one queer Londoner, sharing a story of return and reconciliation – with her hometown, cultural inheritance and secret love of musical theatre. Step-ball-changing between suburb and city, I, AmDram minds the gap between the identities we assert and the worlds we leave.

This warm, funny and beautifully written solo show was a highlight of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, and is a must-see for anyone who has ever done anything for the love.

Supported by Arts Council England. Developed through Starting Blocks at Camden People's Theatre. The artist is honoured to enjoy the support of the Welwyn Thalians Musical and Dramatic Society (est. 1929).

Hannah Maxwell is a writer, performer, artist and podcaster. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian and The Scotsman. The playtext of I, AmDram was published by Oberon Books in May 2019. She collaborated with international lesbian performance company Split Britches as co-writer on Unexploded Ordnances (La Mama ETC, NY and Barbican Centre, 2018).

★★★★★ “A generation Z Caroline Aherne” To Do List

★★★★ “Joyful & perceptive” The Scotsman

★★★★ “a heartfelt and deeply moving tribute” The List

“I almost lost my goddamn mind laughing” Exeunt

“very smart… engaging and layered.” Lyn Gardner

“a rare and instant likeability... startlingly witty” A Younger Theatre


Photo by Daisy King

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