Recent: 2009-2015

Recent: 2009-2015

Magdalene

In 2014, I devised, wrote, produced, designed and made costumes and set for a 20 minute theatre piece called ‘Magdalene’.

It was based on the first chapter of a novel by Margaret George, which re-interprets the life of Mary Magdalene. The novel is written using thorough research and gives light to the reality of Mary’s life and how this has been misinterpreted and deliberately misconstrued by a patriarchal society that has dominated the majority of human existence these last 2000 years.

For example, it is wrongly assumed that she was a prostitute. In fact, she played a major role in Jesus’ life and was viewed as ‘The Apostle to the Apostles’.

The devising of this piece was not approached via a religious standpoint, I am in fact an atheist. The two main reasons were to 1. pay homage to a beautiful book (recommended to me by my last grandmother) that conjured up such wonderful imagery and 2. to give voice to an amazing woman and to tell a new telling of her story, which is a powerful take on a presumed narrative.

The first chapter (in the book) sets the scene and imagines the early life of Mary; her upbringing, her daily routines and the relationship that she has with her family. The descriptions are evocative and the reader is directly transported into her world, which is safe and secure in the loving arms of her family.

It describes at loving daughter, brought up within the Jewish faith. But her will is strong and one night she dreams of an alternative life that she must lead, which sets her on a path, to defy her parents, her faith and all that she holds dear.

 

 

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Section #1
Drawing interpretation of stage set description given by young people involved in the National Theatre Connections Festival (see below)
Charcoal on Lining Paper
2014

Untitled #1
Section #2
Drawing interpretation of stage set description given by young people involved in the National Theatre Connections Festival (see below)
Charcoal on Lining Paper
2014

Mural ‘Drawing from the Connections’ (painted in the live environment in Royal and Derngate, Northampton) and finished and exhibited at NN Contemporary Art’s Project Space.
Theatre flats, household paint.
24ft x 8ft
2014

Section of Site Specific Mural ‘Drawing from the Connections’
2014

Landscape as Stage Set
Site Specific Construction
Found Cardboard, Paper and Mixed Media
2013

Book of Patterns
Found Cardboard, Scrap Sugar Paper, Thread, Pencil, Pen
2011

Spring, 1940
Monoprint on T Towel

Narrative work depicting lives of my maternal and paternal grandmothers during the 2nd World War. In the spring of 1940, my Welsh paternal grandmother ‘Nain’ was at school in Wales (pictured) while my maternal grandmother was working in Finsbury Circus as a payroll clerk for the army. Each side of the T Towel depicts an imaginary afternoon.
2011

Hidden Dip

Charcoal on Fabriano

2009

Army of Me

Charcoal on Fabriano

2009

Erosion

Charcoal on Fabriano

2009

Moonrings and Ripples on the Sea – Monoprint – 2009