The story of A Voice
At the 2018 Brighton Fringe, Julia saw the new play Behind Our Skin. The piece was written and performed by sisters Anne and Sophie Bertreau and produced by their Paris-based theatre company YOSIS. The play was an insightful and moving portrait of two very different women that also explored identity, race, and immigration. From watching Behind Our Skin, it was clear to Julia that Anne and Sophie were extremely talented artists with whom it would be great to collaborate with in future.
Then in April 2019, Julia saw the new production from YOSIS. A Voice, written and performed by Anne Bertreau, was part of a festival of European theatre in London. Having not worked with a director on the piece, Anne approached Julia to collaborate with her and to direct the play. Julia jumped at the chance to work with Anne and their extremely creative collaboration began. The production then toured to the Brighton Fringe in May 2019 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. In Edinburgh, there was the addition to the play of two original songs with music composed by Daisy Chute and lyrics by Anne Bertreau.