What was the inspiration for this performance?
The urge to express and articulate my experience of ageing in a daring, sensual and vulnerable way.
Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas?
Yes – we feel things communally in live, performative spaces. That’s rare. And important. I was in an audience last night, and felt a palpable sense of engagement and involvement with what was happening on stage. It was thrilling to me.
How did you become interested in making performance?
I studied Drama at Hull University many moons ago and we were empowered to make our own work. I’ve been doing that in different ways for the past 20 years.
Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
It is a kind of collage of my recent experience and my reflections on time, loss, the seasons of our own lives. The subtitle is ‘a mid-life mystery cycle’, while the title alludes to issues to visibility and invisibility as we age. It is multi-disciplinary: poetic, musical, with strong visual imagery, projection, spoken word and songs. I don’t know how to define it in terms of genre. And I like that.
Does the show fit with your usual productions?
There is a continuity between InVisible Lines and my last solo show, The Mother’s Bones, that I made in 2007 and which won a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Fringe Performance. Both are experimental pieces. Both are rooted in embodied, sensual exploration. But InVisible Lines also has songs written by the wonderful Glasgow-based artist, Christine Sparks, who plays live.
I have also co-devised and directed many shows in between, from large-cast musicals to solo shows such as Mairi Campbell’s Pulse and Auld Lang Syne (both included in Made in Scotland showcases).
What do you hope that the audience will experience?
I hope InVisible Lines will inspire people to love themselves wildly as they age. I also hope to embolden younger women; to be so out there, so visible and so defiant, that others may also defy cultural messages that disempower and silence older women.