Actress, comedian and writer Amie M Marie adapts her own 'strong and stable' The Play About Theresa May into book
An actress, comedian and writer educated in Bishop's Stortford has turned her own satirical play which pokes fun at the UK's political elite into a book.
Amie M Marie has released The Play About Theresa May, a volume of scripts, reflections and reviews on the play of the same name.
Amie graduated from the University of East Anglia (UEA) with a first-class degree in scriptwriting and performance. She attended Hillmead Primary School, Birchwood High School and then Herts and Essex High School, where she was known as Amie Goodwin.
A Play About Theresa May is a fast-paced, two-person spoof co-written by Amie, who took on the title role, and co-star Conér Swords, who played 12 characters, including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and the Queen.
In Amie's newly-published compilation, readers can see two very different editions of the play: one the initial 2017 production and the other a 2018 theatre tour which included a week-long stint at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
She decided to turn it into a book as she was still getting comments from theatregoers who had seen her show.
"I didn't realise it had been so impactful," she said. "Even though the show's been over for two years, it's still being talked about.
"I got thinking... people are still interested, and while it's not possible to put the show back on, I thought I'd make it accessible."
In it, Amie shares her reflections and an interview transcript about the design process and intentions of the piece.
Her work could inspire budding thespians in Stortford. “I’ve arranged with the head of drama at Hockerill to supply copies of my play for the theatre IB students to study for their director’s handbook coursework in which students plan how they would stage a play,” she said.
Paperback and pdf copies of her book, along with the 2017 and 2018 scripts, can be bought online at www.amiemarie.co.uk. Amie has put the performance rights to the play up for sale.