Annie George @ Traverse and Touring


by Annie George and Flore Gardner
‘Just because you can’t say something, doesn’t mean it can’t be said’.

In a powerful blend of theatrical storytelling, animation and live performance drawing, award-winning writer Annie George and visual artist Flore Gardner unwind contrasting stories about women who have been silenced, and who discover other means of expression besides the voice to convey their truths.

Two stories in one: a contemporary tale interwoven with the grisly Greek myth of Philomela – based on the version in Ovid’s Metamorphoses – told through dark poetic text, startling imagery, and with music and sound design by Niroshini Thambar.

Twa is about duality, saying what cannot be spoken, seeing what cannot be seen, fragility and strength, double or split identities amongst other things. Memoir, myth and magic realism combine, to explore how the creative act can become an act of resistance.
TRAVERSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH: Fri 24 & Sat 25 May 2019, 8PM (1hr) (A Q&A follows the performance on Fri 24th May)
Tickets: £12.00/£10.50/£9.00/£5.00



Twa, Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Annie George, Flore Gardner, Copyright Lunaria Ltd

How did you become interested in making performance?

Performing has been a part of my life since childhood, at times the only way I could express how I felt. Making performance came about when I had no opportunities to perform. Roles were not being created for, or reflecting the lives of people of colour like me, so I started writing them myself and discovered the freedom to express what I thought.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

It was a collaborative process. Both Flore and I brought together ideas, experiences, stories and images related to the theme. We used a story of mine and interwove it with the gruesome myth of Philomela, from the version in Ovid’s Metamophoses. Flore then created animations of her corresponding expressionistic drawings, which are projected on to a canvas on stage, and which she then draws around in real time (seen but unheard), while I perform. The whole show is then bathed in the haunting music composed by Niroshini Thambar, the third performer (heard but unseen).

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

It continues the marrying of poetic and rhythmic text, sound and music, and visuals that I like to employ – to create a piece that by turns can be savage, haunting and beautiful.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

That they experience the piece in sensorial, cerebral, primal ways. That they are challenged and shift or change in a way that means they will never be quite the same as before.

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