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The Poetry We Make presented by Flugelman Productions

by Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal

Nominated for Beyond The Fringe Award; Brighton Fringe ‘17

    ★★★★.5  The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★     LondonTheatre1

    ★★★★     Theatre Weekly

    ★★★★     Spy in the  Stalls 

    ★★★★     Get The Chance 

    ★★★★    TheEmptySpace Blog

    ★★★        The Stage 

Love, Loss, Dolly Parton and Understanding Love Beyond Gender

Who do we fall in love with: a body, a soul, a gender? When Elliot discovers the love of her life Robin has started to transition to become a women, her world turns upside down. With the help of her hero and spirit guide Dolly Parton, Elliot examines the memories of the man she loved - re-imagining what it means to be in a women, and what it means to be in love.


Featuring live performances of some of Dolly Parton’s greatest hits, The Poetry We Make explores love, loss and what gender actually counts for. Based on real life events, developed by RADA graduates, Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal & Edwina Strobl, this fresh new work brings together an extraordinary cast of performers and musicians, including Elena Voce, Mia Hall and transgender performer Elijah W. Harris.


Flugelman Productions won the O2’s ThinkBig bursary to develop this show, with additional aid from StoneCrabs Theatre, supported by Wilton’s Music Hall and the Old Vic New Voices project for outstanding young artists.


The Poetry We Make provides an intimate narrative into the effects of the transition of gender on a pre-exiting, formerly heteronormative and cis relationship. Flugelman Productions hopes to open a forum of discussion into transgender awareness by welcoming and challenging their audiences to continue the battle towards equality for non-cis identifying individuals.

The Poetry We Make was performed as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival at the Marlborough Theatre' 17 and was nominated for Beyond The Fringe Award.


In June and July '17 went on a London Fringe venue tour supported by Arts Council of England.  Performing at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, The Old Red Lion and at the RADA Festival 2017, and has since been performed at the VAULT Festival 2018. 

Praise for The Poetry We Make 

“The Poetry We Make shows a timely reality, made even more significant by Harris being himself a transgender actor.”


“Edwina Strobl’s production has warmth and there’s an endearing performance from Mia Hall as Dolly Parton”

Natasha Tripney, The Stage 

“The Poetry We Make has opened the door to a conversation well worth having and the performance achieves a nice balance between poignancy and humour”

Miro Magazine 

“Strobl strips away the armour that we protect ourselves with when speaking to strangers for the first time, a conversation that allows for passion and emotion to creep through the chinks.”


“Touching work examines with sensitivity, the struggles of finding your true identity”

Spy In The Stalls 


Director: Edwina Strobl

Writer: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal

Dramaturg: Lucinda Dale

Designer: Alexandra Kapsala Greenwood 

Sound Designer: Davide Vox

Lighting Designer: Jess Bernbeg

Music Director: Ella Bellsz

Movement Director: Carissa Rickeard

Producer: Heather Ralph.


Elena Voce: Elliot 

Elijah Harris: Robin

Mia Hall: Dolly Parton 

Sam Thorpe-Spinks: Paul

Photo Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

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