I Saw Myself 9-19 April 2008
In 2007, Arts Council England refused further funding to the company and after 20 years of cutting edge work we faced closure. However, a US fan determined to see our ground breaking work continue pledged to replace that funding for the next three years and our first production with this support was I Saw Myself
The men are at war. The women weave a great tapestry portraying the conflict. The death of Sleev's husband in battle compels her to insinuate her sexual adventures into the tapestry, provoking fear and hostility in all those around her...
In her struggle
to assert the right to depict her personal experience
This thought-provoking work explores the role of the mirror, the autobiography and the self-portrait in an intriguing and unpredictable way.
intention in this production will be to accumulate dramatic pressure in
the struggle of Sleev against the hostility of those around her and her
increasing blindness, set against the rush to complete the tapestry before
the approaching war reaches the village and threatens its destruction.
We will convey the essence of the human emotional truth at the heart of
each moment without recourse to naturalistic stage values. Rather we want
to use the unique interaction between actor and audience only available
in a live performance to directly convey the emotional power of each moment
to that audience.
- 19 April 2008
Photos: Top and Mid: Simon Kane Bottom: Robert Workman