A Brighton station ticket office clerk is preparing for a return to the stage with her latest show ‘Every Wrong Direction – a one-woman comedy.’
Mum-of-three Tracy Savage will be lifting the lid on her life - from growing up in the 1970s without a father, looking for him in the arms of questionable men, adventures in France, becoming a mother at 18 and raising three daughters, as well as battling against ever-increasing heaps of laundry.
The 51-year-old’s hilarious and tragic account is searingly honest. It has been two years in the making with Tracy often taking advantage of quiet moments during late shifts at the ticket office at Lewes station to formulate her ideas.
Returning to the stage in October at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum will mark the first time Tracy has been in a play in this country since she was a teenager. Previously, she has sung on the pub and club circuit. She also entertained as a wedding singer while living in the south of France for the best part of a decade.
Her first show about her search for her father, Pelerin, Pécheur, Papa, (Pilgrim, Sinner, Daddy), was written in French with a fellow performer, and it was a sell-out in France. After its success, Tracy set about writing an English version, which has evolved into more of a reflection of her own colourful life.
Grandmother Tracy, who grew up in Shoreham-by-Sea, said: “I planned to go into acting as a teenager, having regularly landed major roles at school, but decided I couldn’t play great roles unless I had some life experience. I wandered off to get that experience, got pregnant at 17 and have been gaining life experience ever since!”
As well as the upcoming show keeping her busy, Tracy is currently working on a film project, interviewing people with chronic illnesses to find positive stories to spread hope. This project evolved from Tracy’s own experience with illness after she was diagnosed with several complex health conditions in 2009, including Hashimoto’s Disease and other auto-immune inflammatory diseases.
Tracy endured multiple surgeries, even briefly dying on the operating table. In 2015, she suffered more health issues and had further surgery. Unfortunately, due to her health, she was no longer able to work in her former role as a museum manager. After spending a year in bed or using a wheelchair, Tracy recovered enough to manage her remaining symptoms and started work at Lewes ticket office. In July last year, she took up her permanent role in the ticket office at Brighton station.
Tracy’s show takes place on October 26 from 8pm at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum at 51-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton.
The Brighton Toy and Model Museum has developed an excellent reputation for quality shows over the last few years. Ticket holders will also have time to explore the world class collection prior to the show.
For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/every-wrong-direction-tickets-71337031983
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