“He is the Subject, he is the Absolute – she is the Other” Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex 1949
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 withdrawn from or out of sight, hidden, 3.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.
Invisible Other is a project and performance which will share the stories of older women who feel increasingly invisible in society as they age. I will be working with the Fawcett Society, Plymouth ; the Plymouth & Devon Racial Equality Council; Angela Auty, the NPS SWSC Strategic lead; and Catherine Hall of chhinterpreting.com to engage with a wide range of women and gather their diverse stories. Stories from women who are under-represented in both media and performance and I will celebrate these stories in front of public audiences. These women will be integral in the process of gathering and creating a live performance as well as audio downloads. By sharing these women’s stories as both a performance and online, Invisible Other will reflect their under-representation and celebrate their age.
I will also engage with young women (20-25), asking their thoughts on the ageing process and how they see themselves at the same age.
Invisible Other is supported by the Theatre Royal Plymouth and will play as part of the Platform season at the Drum on a date TBC
It will also play these venues after the lockdown: Exeter Phoenix; the Old Library, Bodmin; and there will be updates with more venues coming soon.