Dec
15
7:30 pm19:30

Can I Start Again Please

  • Attenborough Centre for Performing Arts

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Attenborough Centre for Performing Arts, Falmer, Brighton

https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/370/sue-mclaine-can-i-start-again-please/

Can I Start Again Please
Nov
24
8:00 pm20:00

Can I Start Again Please

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Liverpool, Unity Theatre, DaDaFest

Can I Start Again Please
Nov
23
8:00 pm20:00

Can I Start Again Please

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

LICA, Lancaster

Crossing Borders talks
Oct
18
7:00 pm19:00

Crossing Borders talks

  • Siobhan Davies Studios

Every Tuesday between October and December, Independent Dance invite UK and international practitioners to share their process and practice.

Crossing Borders 2016 will happen between Tuesday 4 Oct – 13 Dec, excluding 1st November (half term). The season will look at touch, perception and communication through different disciplines and practices.

A Multitude of Possibilities

A discussion, a talk, a lecture, an address, a speech, a conversation, a discourse? Sue MacLaine is a writer, director, performer and also an interpreter working between British Sign Language and English.  She will offer perspectives on meaning making, cultural mediation, intention and assumption and her approach to creating interpretation for live performance.

 The Give & Take With Tim Etchells
Oct
2
5:00 pm17:00

The Give & Take With Tim Etchells

  • Tate Exchange

Artist Tim Etchells curates five days of discussions, mini-lectures, panels, and presentations,from a variety of speakers and backgrounds, related to the theme of exchange.

Sunday 2 October

14.00    Pedro Machado, Co-artistic director, Candoco Dance Company and Performers (BSL interpreted)

14.45    Graeme Miller, Artist and theatre maker 

15.30    David Easton, Investor in Africa and South Asia, CDC Group and Faiza Shaheen, Director, Class, Centre for Labour and Social Studies         

16.15    Lara Pawson, Writer and author, Audrey Brown, Journalist and Vânia Gala, Choreographer and researcher

17.00    Sue Maclaine and Nadia Nadarajah, Theatre-makers and performers (BSL interpreted)

17.45    End

Can I Start Again Please
Sep
29
Oct 1

Can I Start Again Please

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Traverse Theatre

Can I Start Again Please
Jul
26
7:00 pm19:00

Can I Start Again Please

  • University of Chichester

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

University of Chichester

Can I Start Again Please (Salisbury Arts Centre)
Jun
29
8:00 pm20:00

Can I Start Again Please (Salisbury Arts Centre)

  • Salisbury Arts Centre

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Salisbury Arts Centre

Can I Start Again Please (The Arc, Stockton)
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Can I Start Again Please (The Arc, Stockton)

  • ARC

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

ARC, Stockton Arts Centre

Can I Start Again Please (North Wall, Oxford)
Jun
21
8:00 pm20:00

Can I Start Again Please (North Wall, Oxford)

  • North Wall Arts

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Can I Start Again Please (Battersea Arts Centre)
Jun
6
Jun 18

Can I Start Again Please (Battersea Arts Centre)

  • Battersea Arts Centre

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Battersea Arts Centre

Can I Start Again Please (MayFest)
May
20
6:30 pm18:30

Can I Start Again Please (MayFest)

  • The Trinity Centre

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Trinity Centre, Bristol

Can I Start Again Please (MayFest)
May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Can I Start Again Please (MayFest)

  • The Trinity Centre

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Trinity Centre, Bristol

Can I Start Again Please (Brighton Festival)
May
16
8:00 pm20:00

Can I Start Again Please (Brighton Festival)

  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre/

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes
May
8
6:00 pm18:00

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes

  • The Phoneix

A meditation on the complex relationship between artist and model.

Henrietta was model and muse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling. She was the uncrowned Queen of the 1950’s Soho set. Hers was an itinerant and rackety life, sustained by the tolerance of friends, oiled by alcohol and fuelled by an astonishing variety of drugs. The Guardian obituary, after her death in 1999, gave her profession as Bohemian.

Still Life blends performance with life-drawing, encouraging those attending to engage with this intriguing woman as both audience member and artist.

Suitable for ages 15+

Can I Start Again Please
Mar
16
7:30 pm19:30

Can I Start Again Please

  • John Thaw Studio Theatre

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

John Thaw Studio Theatre, Manchester
 

The Holding Place
Feb
23
7:30 pm19:30

The Holding Place

  • Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

A short play about being neither here nor there (captioned) 


performed by Caroline Hunt and Sue MacLaine
£5 or free with a ticket to that evening’s performance of Escaped Alone.

Please note this Big Idea will follow the captioned performance of Escaped Alone for hard of hearing.

 

 

Can I Start Again Please
Feb
6
Feb 7

Can I Start Again Please

  • London

Can I Start Again Please investigates childhood trauma using semiotic theory and Wittgenstein’s philosophy.

The piece examines the power of language, as well as its failings. Why does language conceal as much as it reveals? How can it determine what is heard and what is ignored, what is articulated and what is silenced?

Parallel narratives are told in the parallel languages of spoken English and British Sign Language, which intersect, diverge and build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal, visual and physical performance.

Winner, Total Theatre Award 2015

‘You emerge wondering how a staging so kind can be so devastating.’
(The Sunday Times)

Conceived and written by Sue MacLaine
Performers: Sue MacLaine & Nadia Nadarajah
Outside eye and dramaturg: Jonathan Burrows
Designer: Lucy Bradridge
Production management: Sean Phillips
Producer: Jane McMorrow
Research and Development: Charlotte Vincent
Photography: Matthew Andrews

A Sick! Festival commission made with support using public funding from Arts Council England

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 February at 14.00 each day

Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Royal Festival Hall

Can I Start Again Please
Oct
21
7:45 pm19:45

Can I Start Again Please

  • Warwick Arts

Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form.

Through a poetic script delivered in English and British Sign Language, Can I Start Again Please unravels its story slowly, heartbreakingly, through inference rather than straightforward narrative. Coffin-dark humour, bell ringing and the words of Wittgenstein combine to reflect on the capacity of language to articulate traumatic experience.

“An extraordinarily eloquent piece about silence and childhood sexual abuse, burning with anger, yet beautifully choreographed and powerfully controlled.” ★★★★★ The Stage

Sue MacLaine Company with Nadia Nadarajah

SICK! Festival commission & supported by public funding through Arts Council England

Can I Start Again Please
Aug
5
Aug 30

Can I Start Again Please

  • Summerhall Edinburgh

Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah

Can I Start Again Please is a bold new work by Sue MacLaine. Two languages, one signed and one spoken, duel and duet as their capacity to express traumatic experience is interrogated and tested. ‘…burning with anger, yet beautifully choreographed and powerfully controlled’ ★★★★★ (Bella Todd, Stage). Performed by Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah. Outside eye – Jonathan Burrows.

Bilingual performance in English and British Sign Language

Age category: 16+

Can I Start Again Please
Jul
30
8:30 pm20:30

Can I Start Again Please

  • The Place

An interrogation of the limits of language and the capacity to comprehend traumatic experiences. 

Presented by SUE MACLAINE

This bold new work written by Sue MacLaine is both duet and duel as two languages; one signed and one spoken are stretched to capacity and the trust between narrator and interpreter tested.

Performed by Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah with choreographer Jonathan Burrows providing the outside eye, Can I Start Again Please, combines a powerful physical score with tightly crafted text to create a unique performance experience.

Can I Start Again Please
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

Can I Start Again Please

  • HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery

An interrogation of the limits of language and the capacity to comprehend traumatic experiences. 

Presented by SUE MACLAINE

This bold new work written by Sue MacLaine is both duet and duel as two languages; one signed and one spoken are stretched to capacity and the trust between narrator and interpreter tested.

Performed by Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah with choreographer Jonathan Burrows providing the outside eye, Can I Start Again Please, combines a powerful physical score with tightly crafted text to create a unique performance experience.

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes
May
28
6:00 pm18:00

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes

  • Pallant House Gallery

Combining life drawing and performance, based on the life of the Soho character Henrietta Moraes who was a model and muse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Maggi Hambling. Henrietta, with characteristic wit and candour, tells stories from her life and re-creates poses from her illustrious career. Through the performance the line between subject and object, artist and model, public and private, is blurred, influencing the dynamic relationship between audience and performer. The performance lasts for 65 minutes, including periods of drawing. Easels and drawing boards will be provided. Bring your own paper and drawing materials.

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes
May
2
3:00 pm15:00

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes

  • Pallant House Gallery

Combining life drawing and performance, based on the life of the Soho character Henrietta Moraes who was a model and muse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Maggi Hambling. Henrietta, with characteristic wit and candour, tells stories from her life and re-creates poses from her illustrious career. Through the performance the line between subject and object, artist and model, public and private, is blurred, influencing the dynamic relationship between audience and performer. The performance lasts for 65 minutes, including periods of drawing. Easels and drawing boards will be provided. Bring your own paper and drawing materials.

Can I Start Again Please
Mar
22
Mar 23

Can I Start Again Please

  • The Basement

Can I Start Again Please is a plea for articulacy and a quest for comprehension.  A new performance work by Sue MacLaine that is both duet and duel.  Two performers, two languages, one signed and one spoken, enter a linguistic challenge to represent traumatic experience, in particular that of childhood sexual violence. Can I Start Again Please was made in response to the current landscape of revelation and disclosure. It is both personal and political.

Sue MacLaine is a theatre maker, performer, writer and director.  Sue is also a qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter specialising in performance interpreting. Can I Start Again Please is designed to be experienced equally by hearing audiences and those whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language, without the mediation of an interpreter.

Previous works by Sue Maclaine include Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes and The Sid Lester Village Hall/Christmas Special with Emma Kilbey. She has collaborated with Tim Crouch and Andy Smith performing in 'what happens to hope at the end of the evening'. In 2013 she won the Wooda Arts Award enabling the research and development of themes contained within Can I Start Again Please.

Nadia Nadarajah is an actor performing regularly with Deafinitely Theatre Company, most recently as Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre. Nadia is fluent in five sign languages and three written.

Written by Sue MacLaine

Performers: Nadia Nadarajah and Sue MacLaine

Outside eye: Jonathan Burrows

Script advice: Andy Smith

Project management: Zoe Manders

Rehearsal interpretation: Caroline Adams

The research, development and making of this work was Commissioned by SICK! Festival and funded by Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts programme, the Wooda Arts award and a Unity Theatre Trust bursary.

Can I Start Again Please
Mar
16
8:00 pm20:00

Can I Start Again Please

  • Z-Arts

Can I Start Again Please is a plea for articulacy and a quest for comprehension.  A new performance work by Sue MacLaine that is both duet and duel.  Two performers, two languages, one signed and one spoken, enter a linguistic challenge to represent traumatic experience, in particular that of childhood sexual violence. Can I Start Again Please was made in response to the current landscape of revelation and disclosure. It is both personal and political.

Sue MacLaine is a theatre maker, performer, writer and director.  Sue is also a qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter specialising in performance interpreting. Can I Start Again Please is designed to be experienced equally by hearing audiences and those whose first or preferred language is British Sign Language, without the mediation of an interpreter.

Previous works by Sue Maclaine include Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes and The Sid Lester Village Hall/Christmas Special with Emma Kilbey. She has collaborated with Tim Crouch and Andy Smith performing in 'what happens to hope at the end of the evening'. In 2013 she won the Wooda Arts Award enabling the research and development of themes contained within Can I Start Again Please.

Nadia Nadarajah is an actor performing regularly with Deafinitely Theatre Company, most recently as Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre. Nadia is fluent in five sign languages and three written.

Written by Sue MacLaine

Performers: Nadia Nadarajah and Sue MacLaine

Outside eye: Jonathan Burrows

Script advice: Andy Smith

Project management: Zoe Manders

Rehearsal interpretation: Caroline Adams

The research, development and making of this work was Commissioned by SICK! Festival and funded by Arts Council England through their Grants for the Arts programme, the Wooda Arts award and a Unity Theatre Trust bursary.

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes
Jun
7
4:00 pm16:00

Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes

  • HEG High Street Exhibition Gallery

A meditation on the complex relationship between artist and model.

Presented by Sue MacLaine.

The New Wolsey hosts model-in-residence Henrietta Moraes at the High Street Exhibition Gallery. Henrietta was model and muse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling. She was the uncrowned Queen of the 1950’s Soho set. Hers was an itinerant and rackety life, sustained by the tolerance of friends, oiled by alcohol and fuelled by an astonishing variety of drugs. The Guardian obituary, after her death in 1999, gave her profession as Bohemian.

Still Life blends performance with life-drawing, encouraging those attending to engage with this intriguing woman as both audience member and artist.

Suitable for ages 15+

All Pulse Festival events offer unreserved seating so you simply choose where you sit on arrival.