Still Life: An Audience with Henrietta Moraes
Written and performed bySue MacLaine
Listen, watch and draw as the hedonistic model and muse to Francis Bacon
and Lucian Freud relates her life story.
Henrietta Moraes’ itinerant and rackety life was sustained by the tolerance of friends, oiled by alcohol and fuelled by an astonishing variety of drugs. The Guardian’s obituary, after her death in 1999, gave her profession as “Bohemian”.
In this award-winning play, Sue MacLaine captures Moraes’ characteristic wit and candour, telling stories from her life and recreating poses from her illustrious career. As the performance progresses the line between subject and object, artist and model, public and private, blurs.Through drawing and listening, the audience engages in seeing beyond the naked female form to the woman within.
Suitable for 16+, contains nudity. Drawing materials provided or bring your own.
Fri 5th Oct 6pm + 7.45pm
Sat 6th Oct 4pm + 7.45pm
Sun 7th Oct 4pm (plus post-show talk) + 7pm
Tickets:£12 (£10 concs) from www.brightondome.org / The Brighton Dome box office 29 New Road, Brighton, telephone 01273 709709
“Truly special” The Times 4*
“quite wonderful, sparking looping avenues of enquiry on the technical and emotional relationship between the artist and the subject of art.” Fest Magazine
“…fully finds a way to express its content through form. It changes the nature of looking, and is like a reclamation of sorts. Interesting stuff.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Still Life was first performed at Phoenix Brighton as part of House Visual Arts Festival in May 2011. It has since been seen at Wimbledon Art College, The National Portrait Gallery and at Whitespace Gallery for Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Following Brighton it will at Turner Contemporary (Tues 30 October). For further touring please refer to www.suemaclaine.com/still-life