I spent most of 2015 working as artist /producer on a second part of A Fall into Grace - In 2011 I had created a series of theatrical stereoscopes depicting a simple fictional love story as well as encouraging members of the public to record their own experiences of falling in love. These audio recordings were exhibited alongside my fictional tableaux. The compelling and sometimes devastating nature of these love stories inspired me to develop the project further and an illustrated anthology of romantic writing was published in December 2015 in both paper back, with a special edition hard backed book. As with the first project, the theme of 'Romantic Love' was explored through both fiction and biography. Acclaimed authors and artists ran writing and printing workshops for diverse groups of people. Over the summer of 2015 I worked with experimental theatre producer John Norton who produced a unique day of Romantic Storytelling involving many of the writers. This also involved a market stall; our matchmaker Madam Rita; a curious audience; a set of specially designed playing cards; a campaign map; four coded maps; much screen-printed material, posters, illustrations and wallpaper; one beautiful young man who sang to everyone on the hour and flirted with Madam Rita; twenty one storytellers, and seventeen venues across the town, including, benches, cafe's, a vintage car, a bridal shop, a bed shop, a florist, the ringing chamber of a church and a graveyard.
I worked with Sarah pace of Addo on the development and production of the project. The project was funded by Arts Council of Wales, the Ashley Family Foundation and Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, through their Town Heritage Initiative Scheme.