A Fall into Grace I

First exhibited in June 2011 at the Coliseum Theatre Aberdare, the exhibition included a theatrical tableaux  depicting a simple imagined love story and alongside these a series of real life love stories recorded by members of the public. These stories included: an overnight encounter on a train just after the war; a tragic tail of betrayal; a first love and an affair on a Mediterranean Island, a young couple tell of falling in love whilst working at Primark, and a tale of childhood sweethearts. The audio stories were available through headphones in the stalls of the auditorium and the stereoscopic tableaux through 3d viewers positioned at the front of the circle and pointing towards the stage with the stage lights set to point back to the audience and the stereoscopes. My aim was to engage the audience in a kind of stream of consciousness about love and invert the prodigious space of the theatre by creating intimate spaces for listening and viewing through the use of headphones and stereo viewers. These would involved the audience in private relationships with the work whilst in this large public setting. The absence of any drama on the stage was counteracted by the audience who seemed as stand in performers as they wandered through the space of auditorium and onto stage. 

A Fall into Grace: six love stories playing through MP3 Players. Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare 2011  Later this year Later this year I will be starting work as artist /producer on the second phase of my 2011 theatre project A Fall into Grace, here I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story, through interviews members of the public recorded their own experiences of falling in love and these audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these stories has inspired me to develop the project furtherand I will be working with Addo Creative, and involving acclaimed writers to develop writing workshops for diverse groups of people on the theme of falling in love. As with the 2011 exhibition project this will be explored through both fiction and biography. I am interested in; what similarities or differences are inherent in this universal theme; in the relationships between biography and fiction; and in the creative possibilities of forming this content into a whole. Throughout the project ideas around distribution will be explored using both oldest and the newest printing technologies, as well as through performance, readings and exhibitions. Sarah Pace from Addo Creative and I are also interested to learn more about the printing history in Aberdare and this second phase of the project draws some of it's inspiration from the approach of newspapers historically printed in the town, especially Y Gwladgarwr ('The Patriot'), a weekly paper first published 1858 by a group of the town's most prominent citizens. It became well-known chiefly as a literary paper giving the new poets and writers of the South Wales Valleys an opportunity to publish their works.

A Fall into Grace: six love stories playing through MP3 Players. Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare 2011 

Later this year

Later this year I will be starting work as artist /producer on the second phase of my 2011 theatre project A Fall into Grace, here I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story, through interviews members of the public recorded their own experiences of falling in love and these audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these stories has inspired me to develop the project furtherand I will be working with Addo Creative, and involving acclaimed writers to develop writing workshops for diverse groups of people on the theme of falling in love. As with the 2011 exhibition project this will be explored through both fiction and biography. I am interested in; what similarities or differences are inherent in this universal theme; in the relationships between biography and fiction; and in the creative possibilities of forming this content into a whole. Throughout the project ideas around distribution will be explored using both oldest and the newest printing technologies, as well as through performance, readings and exhibitions.

Sarah Pace from Addo Creative and I are also interested to learn more about the printing history in Aberdare and this second phase of the project draws some of it's inspiration from the approach of newspapers historically printed in the town, especially Y Gwladgarwr ('The Patriot'), a weekly paper first published 1858 by a group of the town's most prominent citizens. It became well-known chiefly as a literary paper giving the new poets and writers of the South Wales Valleys an opportunity to publish their works.

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes using 120 transparencies

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes using 120 transparencies

This work together with the series 310 was exhibited as part of the symposium: performance, pleasure, photography staged at University of Newport Wales 2012

The exhibition Performance, Pleasure, Photography explored the work of two artists; Dawn Woolley and Jackie Chettur whose works challenge the senses, utilising colour, space, and performance to entice the viewer into a more active role. The fixed-point perspective of the camera is up-ended through staged tableaux and stereoscopic stories which play with visual and psychological games. 

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes using 120 transparencies

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes using 120 transparencies

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes 

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes 

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes 

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes 

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes using 120 transparencies

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of eight stereoscopes using 120 transparencies

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of five stereoscopes of the storytellers using 35mm transparencies

A Fall into Grace: one of a series of five stereoscopes of the storytellers using 35mm transparencies

Audience members listening to love stories 

Audience members listening to love stories 

Stereoscopic viewer in velvet pouch 

Stereoscopic viewer in velvet pouch 

Audience members listening to love stories 

Audience members listening to love stories 

Stereoscopic viewer in velvet pouch 

Stereoscopic viewer in velvet pouch