On March 30, a group of women and non-binary folk from Through the Door took over the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Bringing a mix of drag, impro and good-humoured chaos, we performed to a packed house in honour of the spirit of Moll Frith, aka Mary Frith, Mal Cutpurse or Mary Markham.
This was the first stage of development, so I’m really hoping Moll will be back on stage again soon.
The Kings: Angela Clerkin, Mal Content, Wesley Dykes, Sigi Moonlight, Bae Sharam… and Moll Frith
The Improvisers: Deni Francis, Cassandra Hercules, Serin Ibrahim, Susan Kempster, Leah Kirby, Madeleine Moore, Sophie Trott.
Photos by Anna Crisp, and thanks to Shakespeare’s Globe for supporting Moll and the Future Kings, and letting us loose on the world.
A multi-sensory opera for people who can hear and people who can’t.
Annie is an astronomer. She knows all about time and space, but she isn’t so sure about life and death. And she’s just gone deaf.
Inspired by the life of astronomer Annie Jump-Cannon, I worked with composer Stephen Bentley-Klein to create a new kind of opera that finds new ways of communicating and engaging with sound and music. The opera had it’s first outing at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012, and a further iteration was performed at the Greenbelt Festival 2014.
We worked with D/deaf and hearing practitioners to ingrate BSL, captioning, sensory installations, missing live sound through water and other techniques to speak to hearing audiences about the experience of deafness, and to interpret sound into other sensory experiences for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.
More information about the piece can be found HERE.