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 am working 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 are integral within the process of developing and creating a performance and my future plan is to celebrate these stories in front of a wider public audience.
I have also been talking to younger women (20-25), asking their thoughts on the ageing process and how they see themselves at the same age, this has been facilitated by Grace Adenubi, a Plymouth Conservatoire graduate and MA Acting student.
Our audios are an early sharing of some edited stories, along with our podcasts and our film. Working with Catherine Hall [chhinterpreting.com] and Far Flung Dance Theatre we’ve been working on the accessibility of these stories as we share a selection of them online.
Invisible Other will reflect under-representation and celebrate our age.
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; Web Design, Luke Jeffery; Producer, Fiona Fraser Smith
Ruth is a Lab Associate of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Invisible Other will be performed in the Drum Theatre later in 2021.
Invisible Other is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England the live performance will play as part of a Platform season at the Drum in the Theatre Royal Plymouth later in 2021.
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 withdrawn from or out of sight, hidden, 3.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
'I have just watched and listened to the work you have produced- and I just have to say another "thank you". as a young kid I had a pretty awful speech impediment and I guess I just wanted to thank you for allowing my voice to be heard. As I get older, I feel like I have to work harder to be articulate- and fear its return-so youhave really helped me feel like it will be ok- thanks for giving value to so many voices'.Maureen Walsh Anderson: participant