Billie's first full length play Your Alice has had quite the journey!
From a small black box theatre in Astoria, Queens to BAM Brooklyn and its smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, to its Industry reading at the Arcola Theatre London. Your Alice is continuing its journey down the Rabbit hole!
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Billie is currently working with Barrington Stage Company as a Playwright Mentor as part of their PMP Mentorship program.
Billie's Second full length play Next Round had its world premiere reading at Theaterlab NYC in March and premiered at the Scranton Fringe Festival this October.
IN THE WORKS
Next Round is Heading to Edinburgh and is being adapted for a series! Stay tuned for more info!
Love: A collection of short plays is currently in the works.
Billie is currently adapting Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte for the stage.
On the Golden Afternoon, Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) tells his child muse, Alice, her favourite story for the last time. Your Alice is a theatrical Victorian psychedelia that explores the complex and dynamic friendship between Mr. Dodgson and his ‘dreamchild’ muse Miss Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland. As they sail down the Oxford river, his beloved characters weave us in and out of Wonderland and through his tortured relationship with 10-year-old Miss Liddell.
"Your Alice combines elements of both real historical events and the fantasy world of Wonderland to create an absolute masterpiece of modern theatre."
"Excellent performances from an unimaginably cohesive ensemble make Your Alice a mesmerizing theatrical experience. Fans of the novel will enjoy this new, if dark, take, while those less interested in Carroll will appreciate the current of psychodrama that rolls beneath its surface."-Fringe Review
"This is a truly mesmerizing piece of drama, in which not a moment of stage time is wasted. Every instant and every line glitters." - EdFringe Review
"To find poignancy and power in such a ubiquitous childhood story is a remarkable feat and the ensemble cast handle its weight of tradition with sensitivity... a highly engaging watch." -EdFringe Review
"The production was first class. The play’s visuals were excellent, and both the costumes and the actors’ characterizations did justice to the illustrations by John Tenniel and the original characters themselves."
-Doug Friedenberg, Medium
BAM Reviews (NYC)
"A meaty discussion piece that will never be wholly summed up in a single review. The play doesn't offer you answers, instead it begs to be talked about."
-Thomas Burns Scully, Popdust
"And while Alice Liddell and Charles Dodgson are convincingly and vibrantly resurrected by British actors Eliza Shea and Luke Antony Neville (Shea is, truly, a brilliant Alice), the real star of this production is Aken-Tyers’ writing. Haunting, imaginative and surreal, her central question is endlessly fascinating."
-Michael Appler, Fordham Observer
"The Newest play from British playwright Billie Aken-Tyers is to be presented at Theatre Lab on March 2nd at 7pm by the Ophelia Theatre Group. The play, set in a small town in the North East of England, follows the story of a young millennial trying to find her place in the world without her Father. Steph's Dad has just died, and it's up to her best friends Ant and Harry to pull her through the worst year of her life. In a year of transition, three friends discover who they are, how to grieve and that growing up is realizing that no one knows how to be a grown up, all through the medium of a good old fashioned Pub Quiz."- Broadwayworld
“Billie captures, with painful and compelling accuracy, the weird and wonderful feeling of returning home, even if that home is a Geordie pub like none you’ve ever seen.”
"I laughed, I cried, I laughed through tears. Profoundly real, flawed, beautiful characters and dazzling writing weave a breathtaking play that leave you wanting to remind everyone in your life you love them, and create a communal audience experience of empathy and humanity that we all crave and need."
"Next Round is fresh portrait of friendship that is essentially millennial; caring, confused, earnest and resilient. Aken-Tyers presents a work that provides newly minted adults hope without dulling the edges. I want my best friend to see this play, so I can tell her how it reminds me of the way I love her."
"Next Round was intoxicatingly hilarious and powerful. Through Aken-Tyers’ exploration of a very specific small-town culture, she tells a story that is unique but highly relatable to anyone who has dealt with major life transitions and the relentless tug of war between home and the world beyond. This play digs deeps but keeps you laughing uncontrollably the whole way down!"