Mum and daughter sing praises of taking control
A resourceful mother and daughter have teamed up to take control of their own artistic destiny.
Actress Jade Nanton and writer Hope Murphy-Nanton have combined their talents to form Bow-based production company Iron Leaf Productions after they became increasingly frustrated that other people had the power over their careers.
Jade said: "I trained really hard and did really well but there is always someone telling you if you can do it or not.
"If you are a painter, no-one can stop you painting - you might not sell any work but you can continue to do what you love.
"With acting you can't just wake up and decide to act that day. There is not a lot of work out there, and a lot is not very good, so I decided to create work for myself."
Jade returned to acting last year after raising her family and challenged her daughter to write a one-woman show for her. Hope put pen to paper and crafted The Memoirs Of Lucy Bell, a play about optimism and celebrating life.
The play will be performed at The Space for two nights when the pair hope they will garner interest in their self-funded project.
Hope said: "The story is of jazz singer Lucy Bell trying to write her memoirs, it's her looking back at her journey to where she is now."
A fond recollection of Lucy Bell's first meeting with Ella Fitzgerald turns into a catalyst for her life story. Beginning with her frugal childhood, we travel with Lucy through the highs and lows, from the sunny streets of 70s LA to the buzzing clubs of 90s New Orleans.
The show focusses on the singer's journey to success punctuated with Ella Fitzgerald jazz numbers which Jade performs with two musicians.
Jade said: "We see it as an evening of theatre and jazz - a jazz concert woven together with a nice story."
Starting their own production company has meant investing in their own careers and they already have film scripts and other plays ready if they can secure funding.
Hope said: "I tried not to think about my mum when writing the play as I didn't want to put constraints on the character. It's great working together, we understand each other better than most teams.
"I have some strong ideas of how I want the play to be but I take my mum's ideas on board. It's great to see someone bring the character to life."
Jade added: "This collaboration works. We are flexible, we are independent and have our own other work going on too. I had an audition for a short film last week and Hope is writing novels - we are always thinking about funding the company with other work.
"Life can feel like its kicking you all the time, you have to see a positive in the hard times."
Sept 24-28, The Space, 7.30pm, £14/£10, space.org.uk