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EVERYBODY'S COMPANION TO LIFE & LOVE

Here are my three works which magnify parochial experiences, in order to reflect larger universal themes focusing on memory, scent and taste. This collection of three related works have been developed for an intimate setting exploring sensory materials. They are handmade, fragile, intimate, tailored, slow and delicate.

"There was a sense of the confiding, of a layer being prised away and some interior being revealed before tea and biscuits."
Kira O'Reilly





Photo Ben Pollock


Video Anna Lucas


 
HER BUNGALOW HEART

My Nan’s house was very ordered - everything had its place. I am not like this. Her life followed a pretty steady pattern: work, marriage, children and housekeeping.

Nan lived in her bungalow for thirty-five years, and so it became her personality displayed. Yet in later life when illness befell her, this domestic environment became skewed, reflecting a shift in her state of mind.

Re-examining this domestic environment and the impact now of her absence, Her Bungalow Heart attempts to commemorate the passing of time that has happened and the archiving of the contents of this home.

"Walking around her sterile home the few objects that surround her take on a symbolic role; the clock seems to move around slower than usual; the wall mounted ducks seem frozen in time; the dried flowers represent days gone by."
Extract from the show

"Her Bungalow Heart tells the story of an old lady’s passing. On the surface it is both comforting and familiar, this is, after all, exactly how things should be. An old lady dies of a ripe age, her life fully lived. Her family, in particular her grandson, all mourn her passing but things inevitably must move on. It is in Tom’s text, his film and in his selection of carefully placed objects that darkness once more emerges, hinting at the old lady’s fragility as her house starts to fade and her friends slowly die off. In the film he wanders through his grannies house, drinking from her teacup and sitting in the seat where she once sat. The most effective moment in the film is when Tom is captured through the window wandering the small, neat garden outside. He looks into the house but does not enter, as if the bricks and mortar have already closed up and moved on without him. Tom must leave bringing with him a collection of the old lady’s possessions and clothing, all objects her fingers once touched."
Helen Cole, Artistic Director, Inbetween Time




Photo Pekka Makinen


Photo Ben Pollock


 
THE SEAT OF MEMORY

In the past I have worked in department stores, launching new fragrances and working to promote particular perfumes. Now, when I walk through a department store, I see all the things I can’t have. I am swept away by the romance of the surroundings, and imagine sharing my life with the desirable objects on proud display. In truth, my head knows my life would still be the same, but still the heart says something different.

The Seat of Memory explores the department store as a site for regret, disappointment and love lost. This piece has also been reworked and performed within a department store.





Photos Jonathan Williams


Video Anna Lucas
 
EVERYBODY'S KITCHEN

Everybody’s Kitchen investigates the emotional investment in the things we eat. At the centre of this show is a large dining table, where I serve myself up on a bed of cutlery. Here I weave together stories of memorable meals and tastes that are unforgettable.

"Tit-bits are paraded; poignancy, regret and allergy are cooked up. The opportunity for the knickerbocker glory is gone now. We are nibbling in the ’salad bar of broken dreams’. Crushed ‘Nice’ biscuits are transformed into a desert of disappointment. Marshman waits, the lonely shaman, for his microwave to ping, and then ends with a glorious conjuring of the twin pillars of wisdom as, with whisk and kettle, he makes two columns of flour rise to the theatre’s roof - a fabulous climax to an accessible and hospitable ritual."
Total Theatre



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