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botox party

Botox Party is a new short performance that explores the questionable notion of erasing your life’s experiences and history from your face ­- inherent in the act of injecting Botox.

The piece will reference "The Picture of Dorian Gray", the novel by Oscar Wilde, in which Dorian gives up his soul to remain young, while a painting of him grows old.

The performance starts with a needle prick. I had my frown lines ‘softened’ with a botox injection, as part of my research, and I reflect on this process through spoken word. The piece addresses age as celebration of what our experiences gives us. Age as a blessing, no longer viewed as an ‘illness’ or stigma.

In a world that places so much importance on youth, Botox party questions why you would ever want to come to a party like that.

Botox Party is a Mayfest commission. It was originally performed at the Bristol Old Vic as part of the Mayfest 2013.

In spring 2015 I received a grant from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation to develop the work. 






Photos Paul Blakemore of Neat Studios

 

I KNOW I PROMISED YOU A PARTY TRICK
MADE & PERFORMED IN COLLABORATION WITH BRENDA WAITE

This piece explores aspects of social anxiety and forms of preparation - practical and physiological. It combines a confessional monologue with the laying of a table in preparation for a celebratory event, involving the interaction of text and choreographic activity in the form of manipulating objects, wine and food on the surface of a table.

This routine is performed with clinical precision and a choreographic focus. The table setting is a metaphor for a neurotic but universal experience.



Photo Christian Kipp
 
KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS

In this short performance, I developed repetitive movements associated with the action of knitting, based in part on The Knitters Instructional Handbook 'Knitting without Tears' by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

I worked with a community of knitters in developing this piece, they spoke of knitting as a form of escapism. The show explores how knitting can become obsessive, addictive or aggressive when the knitter's life is out of control.

"Tom Marshman's Knitting without Tears transfers a traditional knitter of colourful woollen jumpers, normally found on a comfortable sofa corner, to a setting of a mini thriller that combines dark comedy with obsessive knitting. Tom's strong presence and compulsive actions reshape Elizabeth Zimmerman's The Knitters Instructional Handbook into a cult-like dogma. The catchphrase 'knit on with hope and confidence through all crises' may not pass a medical approval, but knitting will never be the same again."
Dr Outi Remes, Head of Exhibitions, South Hill Park, and curator of the At Play series and Rules & Regs



  
 


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