Headcount was streamed for 3 live performances as part of the Magdalena Project BODIES: ON: LIVE on June 26th, 2021 at 12:15pm, 3:30pm & 7:30pm . At the start of lockdown 2020 I received a Shelter in Place order from the NHS assigning me to the category of 'Vulnerable Person', presumably based on a computer miscalculation of outdated medical data. It got me thinking of the levels of vulnerability we transit in daily life and of what it means to be somewhat assailable. 'Headcount' was one of 7 short plays I wrote during 18 months of lockdown in response to ideas about the many levels of vulnerability we transit in daily life, and what it means to be somewhat assailable. Due in part to the lockdown and my background in digital performance, each play was written to be performed live online.
Careful, the 2nd of the 7 plays written in this vulnerability series, was selected for the Take Ten New Writing Festival,
Chesil Theatre, Winchester, to be staged for 4 performances in October 2021.
There were a great many staged
readings online during lockdown. I couldn't
resist the opportunity in early 2021,
to ham up that great pirate, Walter Raleigh
in a costumed reading of Sheridan's 1779
restoration farce, The Critic: here
At The Door Laughing
3 plays were specifically prompted by writer Rebecca Solnit's query "..how do we care for one another when we can't be physically present with each other." At The Door Laughing is composed of 3 short plays, to be viewed in any order; a sample scene appears below.
The only monologue in the 7 Vulnerability playtexts, Ornamental was selected for the Bankside "Great Get Together', an annual celebration of the late MP, Jo Cox.
My background is in non linear, experimental and alternative performance, so it was a surprise to find myself writing linear narratives in a normative realistic format. Mothering is based on conversations with women when I lived in the Middle East, 2017-2019. It was performed at the British Embassy, Riyadh, KSA. A video version of this text is due 2021. Mothering was also selected for broadcast as part of the Bankside Great Get Together in June 21, 2020, an online/ o-air street party for the Jo Cox Foundation Campaign.
Across live and recorded performance, online and offline, my interest lies in issues of gender power and representation. As counter balance, I keen towards what makes me laugh.