What a great week we have had here at Red Room Productions, with the final rehearsals of Borderland, a physical theatre production complete, we are ready to go, and really looking forward to sharing this new and compelling work with an audience.
Borderland is a provocative re-working of the 19th century Gothic novella The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Gilman-Perkins, which tells the story of a young mothers post-partum psychosis, who, confined to a Gothic mansion, and not listened to, tells of her frightening experience of a women not being heard. Little is known about this illness, and the project aimed to provide a voice.
Then, this week there is a major storyline on the popular soap opera, Eastenders, as the character, Stacey, is experiencing postpartum psychosis; this is a brilliantly observed storyline. Now people are talking and this little known illness is in the news, women are now talking about their experiences. I posted something on the BBC website about our installation at the 44AD Gallery and the Performance, and a woman from Action Post Partum, an online network, directly got in touch with me, and this is the wonderful part, she has offered to send stories of her own and other womens’ experiences to be part of the installation. This is serendipity at its best, this is very important and we are so grateful to have made these connections with real womens’ lives.
Borderland is at the University Theatre, Bath Spa University from 28th-30th January at 7.30pm, and 2pm on Saturday. Tickets from http://www.bathspalive.co.uk
Borderland, the installation runs from 26th-30th January at the 44AD Gallery, Bath. http://www.44ad.net
For more information contact http://www.marysteadman.co.uk