Welcome to the second profile in a weekly series of interviews with the cast of Super Voices! Learn about the unique and creative people whose talents will be featured in a multi-media production on June 12 & 13, 2015. Reserve your tickets by clicking HERE!
We are pleased to introduce BETTY FLICHEL, interviewed by award-winning director, dramaturg, and playwright, Liesl Lafferty.Betty Flichel lives at False Creek Residences and is passionate about photography, writing and the many activities in her community. Betty is very expressive and has a grand sense of humour. She used to be shy, but through Realwheels has developed confidence and found her voice. She often has close friends “interpret” her words, so Liz Brant joined us for the conversation.
Liesl: What is your performance?
(Betty gestures taking a photo.)
Liz: Betty is taking photos. Her voice is expressed through her photography.
Liesl: You live in False Creek?
Betty: Yes, three or four of us live there.
Liz: Nancy, Andrew, Betty and Darlene.
Liesl: How did you find out about Realwheels?
Betty: Two or three years ago.
Liz: She participated and was feeling shy…
(Betty gestures coyly.)
Liesl: Tell me what it means that your voice is represented through photography.
Betty: Seeing them.
Liesl: So the audience will see the photos and we will know your story?
Liz: There is a prop balloon they are creating to project her photos on. So, are you going to be taking the photos live?
Liesl: Of what?
Betty: What I’m doing… seeing.
Liesl: The performance… you are going to take photos of what’s happening onstage, while it’s happening. How long have you been doing photography?
Betty: Over two years.
Liz: A volunteer started her with the photography.
Liz: She started with her chair.
Liesl: The camera was attached to your chair?
Liz: Now she does it herself.
Liesl: Do you think there will be some of your other photographs, in the lobby?
Betty: (With a big smile.) It’s a good idea.
Liz: It’s a great idea.
(Betty waves her hands up and down with excitement.)
Liesl: Has participating in Realwheels changed other parts of your life?
Betty: Yes. People ask, ‘why are you here’? (In the chair)
Liesl: Have the Wheel Voices projects made you stronger?
Betty: Yeah. (Throwing her arms in the air) Yeah.
Liesl: So photography is your super power in the upcoming production of Super Voices?
Liesl: How is Super Voices different from other Wheel Voices projects you’ve participated in?
Betty: (nods to Liz) Ask her how I feel.
Liz: We’ve talked a lot after the sessions about what’s going on. She just loves Jeff so much, right?
Liz: He does a good job of building people up and making them feel happy and confident, right?
Betty: (Hugging the air) Okay… okay.
Liesl: You’re very nice.
Liz: Betty is very empathic and sympathetic and comforting when people are upset. She’s a shoulder to cry on.
Liesl: So sometimes people get frustrated in their performance?
Betty: Mmm hmm.
Liesl: And you help them through that?
Liesl: What would you say to others who may be interested in participating in a Wheel Voices project with Realwheels?
Betty: Do it. Wow. Yeah.
Liz: That’s awesome.
Liesl: Do you like to watch movies?
Liesl: What’s your favourite movie?
Liesl: Red? Pink? Shoes? Ah, “Wizard of Oz”?
Betty: (With joy) Yeah.
Liesl: That is a good one. How about music, do you listen to music?
Liesl: What kind of music do you like?
Liesl: Me too. If somebody was to tell you to go to your ‘happy place’, what’s your ‘happy place’?
Betty: Outside… fresh air… or sleeping in. (She snores.)
Liz: Feeling relaxed.
Liesl: Are you excited about the performance?
Betty: Yeah, three weeks (June 12-13th, 2015).
Liesl: That is very exciting. Thank you so much ladies. That was excellent. I really appreciate your time. Have fun!
Editor’s note: Betty’s photos will be featured in the lobby of the Roundhouse during performances.