OFFICIAL BLURB FOR PROMOTERS AND BOOKERS Tina Sederholm is a performance poet and theatre-maker. Described as ‘Completely spellbinding’ ***** (Edfringe Review) and ’Stunning’ ***** (Three Weeks), she has created four one woman shows that have toured extensively, including six runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. Winner of more than 20 slams and the author of six books, including Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful, her work explores the modern malaises that disrupt our true longings. She is currently working on a new show, REST, and another poetry collection called This Is Not Therapy. But most of all, she wants to live in a world where people laugh with each other, not at each other.
THE LONGER LOWDOWN Tina Sederholm is a poet, theatre-maker and author. She loves to make solo shows that combine memoir, poetry, comedy and music to explore modern malaises such as diets, debt and shame, that all get in the way of revelling in a well-lived life.
She returned to poetry when her successful career as a three day event rider was coming to an end. Inspired by meeting the poet David Whyte whilst walking in Ireland, and then discovering slam poetry through Hammer & Tongue, she changed from non-fiction and memoir to writing performance poetry. An early reviewer wrote ‘First she makes you laugh, and then she makes you think.’ Tina has endeavoured to follow that ethos in all her writing, creating poems and shows that suit the immediacy of the stage, but also contain deeper provocations, should you choose to sit with them.
After a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011, she and Lucy Ayrton dared each other to write a solo show each and take it to the Fringe in 2012. For the next seven years, Tina took four different shows to the Fringe and many other festivals. (You can find out more about them here).
Theatrically she has been inspired by Deanna Fleysher, (Butt Kapinski) to find humour and pathos and Bryony Kimmings to explore every possible avenue and media to illustrate a story. Rachel Mae Brady has directed three of Tina’s shows, and taught her when ‘less is more’, to create intimacy with the audience, and how to turn any stage, however small and unpromising, into an exciting performance space.
Tina also loves going back to her roots as a performance poet. Winner of over 20 slams, she now mainly focuses on performing headline sets at gigs all over the country and being part of cabaret nights. She’s also working on a follow up to her poetry collection, Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful, provisionally called This is Not Therapy. However anyone who saw the show that was also called Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful, will know that the names of Tina’s projects can change many times before she settles on a final choice.
Tina also has a kind of day job as an editor and script consultant. She loves taking raw material and shaping it into a cracker of a story. She has been a friendly reader for novelists such as JP Delaney (The Girl Before, Believe Me, The Perfect Wife) and Lucy Ayrton (One Last Chance) and editor and story consultant to spoken word theatre-makers such as Alexander Rhodes (One Foot in the Rave) and Matt Black (The Snoopy Question). She also edits poetry manuscripts, memoir and non-fiction.
Currently Tina is working with actor, improviser and disruptor, Vera Chok to further push the boundaries with her new show, REST. Originally meant to premiere in June 2020, the uncertainty about when theatres will re-open means Tina is currently toying with re-working the script into a short film to be shot in her own home. This is much more likely to happen now she has put it on her website.
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