Tired Mummy is Making a Show: On Interrupted Time and Space, 2023
A presentation about a work-in-progress performance entitled The Distaff Side, based on an eight page extract of Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson. The extract documents a long night in Jackson's house with her family, in which they all have the flu and is written as a list of moves involving family members, their objects, and their locations, on the second floor of their house. The list creates a portrait of the writer-mother as she makes her way through the domestic tasks of the night. Susannah Henry found herself reading the list as a series of stage directions and wondering whether it could be performed.
This online ResearchWorks event at Guildhall opened up the process of staging and rehearsing the sequence from Life Among the Savages, as a method for thinking through the twin responsibilities of maintaining a creative practice and motherhood, in a landscape of interrupted time and space. A twenty-minute scratch performance of The Distaff Side was shared at the TaPRA Conference 2023, at the University of Leeds.
Wild Thing (I Think I Love You): Re-wilded space understood through new parenthood, 2022
A project about encountering the newly re-wilded spaces of home and the body through becoming a mother. This photographic project was assembled in the early part of 2022 following the birth of my son. It was delivered as a 15 minute performative paper at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference at the University of Essex in September 2022. With music by The Troggs.