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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Yellow Wallpaper

This weekend was quite a busy one.  I finished doing a bit of acting in a short film and then went to get in a production of The Yellow Wallpaper, a fascinating work by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  It was a sell out two night run and turned out really rather well - we're looking to do something with it in the future.  As per my usual habit, here's the basic programme information from the night...

Quay Productions Presents…
The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Performed by Anthea Halstead
Directed by Robert Crighton

This is an intimate staging of a classic piece of feminist literature - telling the story of a woman isolated in a house in the country, trapped by her husband and family, and forbidden to work, or even to write. All she has to think about is the room she’s in – and the yellow wallpaper.

Performed Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 7.30pm in the GKR at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury
‘Director’s note:
Though I’m credited as director and Anthea as performer, it isn’t quite so clear cut as that. Rather than choosing a piece, laying out a vision and casting accordingly, Anthea brought the original story to me and suggested we create something from it. Together we’ve pieced together a way of telling this story. Originally written as a first person, in the moment, journal account of events, Anthea wanted to tell the story as an older woman looking back. With this as a starting point we’ve worked together with the text, editing and adapting the piece as we went along. It’s been a long process, nearly six months have passed since we first starting playing with the text, and a number of ideas about how to realise the story have come and gone. This might not be the final version either - the show you’re watching tonight may yet be the start of our next exploration of this text.
Thanks to Alan Scott for lending the lighting, as well as everyone at the Quay for supporting new work like this.

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