Invisible Other is a project and performance that shares the stories of women who are under-represented in both media and performance as they age. I partnered with the Fawcett Society, Plymouth; the Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council; and the Sunflower Centre Plymouth to engage with a wide range of women and to gather their stories. These women were integral within the process of developing and creating a performance and we celebrated these stories in front of a wider public audience.
I also talked to younger women (20-25), asking their thoughts on the ageing process and how they see themselves at the same age, this was facilitated by Grace Adenubi, a Plymouth Conservatoire graduate and MA Acting student.
Our audios are a sharing of some edited stories, along with our podcasts and our films, which can be found on the drop down menu. Working with Catherine Hall [chhinterpreting.com] and Far Flung Dance Theatre we worked on the accessibility of these stories as we share a selection of them online.
Invisible Other reflects under-representation and celebrates our age.
Invisible Other will return in 2023
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Above is a short promotional video for Invisible Other. Click here for a BSL version.
Our partners: Catherine Hall Interpreting; Fotonow; Fawcett Plymouth; Far Flung Dance Theatre; Plymouth and Devon Race and Equality Council; The Sunflower Centre.
Our participants: Ali; Annee; Angela; Beatrice; Catherine; Chantel; Christine; Clair; Conny; Daisy; Dora; Eloise; Elizabeth; Gemma; Grace; Jessie; Jodie; Julie; Justine; Jemima; Kathy; Laura; Leah; Lorin; Maureen; Michelle; Paula; Rhea; Sarah; Sarah; Sue; Tracey; Vanessa and those who wish to remain anonymous.
Our creatives: Sound editing, Ed Jobling; Film & Visuals, Fotonow; Music, Sarah Moody; Cast, Grace Adenubi; Choreography, Jules Laville; Dramaturgy, Jon Nash; Outside Eye, Roberta Mock; Web Design, Luke Jeffery; Producer, Fiona Fraser Smith
Ruth was a 2021 Lab Associate of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Invisible Other was performed on 7/8/9th September in the Drum Theatre.
Invisible Other is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Invisible 1. Not perceptible by the eye, 2. withdrawn from or out of sight, hidden, 3. not perceptible or discernable by the mind.
Other 1. view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself. 2. to be ‘othered’ by society.
“He is the Subject, he is the Absolute – she is the Other” Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex 1949
"It's made me think , I need to go away and re-look at myself and look at how I've treated my mother... I need to go and look at my story" Audience member, Theatre Royal Plymouth