Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lady Macduff In Souliloquy.


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A mother's attempt to record the silence.
Performed by Tracey Pickup
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.


Lady Macduff In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project.
Music:
Virtutes Instrumenti by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Lady Macduff is a woman I always felt was denied a voice, a role, an acknowledged death - in the play her role and her children's role is to die in order to illustrate how Macbeth has become a monster. Plot is what kills her, plot that demonstrates the descent of a man - there's no consideration that the people who are murdered are people. 
I don't much like the play Macbeth - the main character is far too infuriating - but so many elements are interesting: the swirling darkness - the otherness of the women - there is much to explore beyond the plot. 
Here we catch and record Lady Macduff's pain and loss on camera. Tracey brought such a lot to this shoot and you really travel with her through her confession. 
Our Lady Macduff is a ghost. Haunted.  We hope in turn she haunts the play. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Doll Tearsheet In Souliloquy.


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Time to give something back to she who is forever open.
Doll Tearsheet In Souliloquy,
Performed by Annie Price
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

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Music:
Danse Morialta by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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With Doll we wanted to create a rounded character for the whore trope. Out of all the characters in Shakespeare's plays she is the only one who self-identifies as a sex-worker. Everyone else is either wrapped up in ridiculous innuendo or branded as such by other people. There is something very appealing in her unapologetic nature and her determination to enjoy her lot - however awful that actually is.
Another interesting point is that she is a character that disappears and gets hospitalised/dies off stage - unimportant to the plot machinations of the next Henry play, she just disappears. Obviously there are theatrical considerations but it ties in nicely with how women in her profession are treated.
Here she is incarcerated and appealing for help, not judgement. She's inviting you into her world and her experience as well as her body. Don't be fooled by the corset, jewellery and sepia tones, she's weaving a misty world but underneath that there is a cold reality. Her prime has passed. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Cassandra In Souliloquy.


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Comfort can be found in nightmares.

Performed by Julia Harari
Written by Tilly Lunken
Directed by Victorine Pontillon
After William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

Cassandra In Souliloquy is part of Cycle 4 of this project


We wanted to play with the idea that Cassandra reaches the point where the only comfort she gets from her 'gift' is the point where she can no longer see the future and she knows she dies. How pushed into a void does someone need to go to reach that desperate point? It's an interesting question. Out of all of the ones we have made so far, this is pretty confessional - so Victorine's idea of the writing works in quite nicely.

I think though, both of us would also love to see it live with Cassandra going full breakdown. She's such an interesting character - how rubbish she get's 5 lines and nothing else in Troilus and Cressida.