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 old 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. Out of this rumination came 7 short plays, which despite my background in experimental performance, came out as linear stories. The most recent being Headcount, was performed live online at the Magdalena Project BODIES: ON: LIVE on June 26th, 2021 at 12:15pm, 3:30pm & 7:30pm .
Careful, the 2nd of the 7 plays written in this series on vulnerability, Careful was selected for the Take Ten New Writing Festival,
Chesil Theatre, Winchester, for 4 performances, October 2-4, 2021.
Could not resist the
opportunity to play the pirate,
Walter Raleigh, in a costumed reading of
Sheridan's 1779 restoration farce, The Critic
with Sedos.: here
At The Door Laughing
Three of the vulnerability plays were 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 the 2nd of these three.
The only text in the Vulnerability plays in monologue form, probably because I couldn't initially I couldn't find anyone online to act with me. Ornamental was selected for the Bankside "Great Get Together', an annual celebration of the late MP, Jo Cox.
Mothering is based on conversations with women I met 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/ on air street party for the Jo Cox Foundation Campaign.
My practice crosses live and recorded performance, online and offline, most happily in collaborative ensembles. I'm interested in issues of gender power, ageing and things that make me laugh.