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 withdrawn from or out of sight, hidden, 3.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; and the Sunflower Centre Plymouth 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 will inform my script and my future plan is to 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. The aim is to share these stories as both a performance and online, Invisible Other will reflect their under-representation and celebrate their age.
I will be engaging with young women (20-25), asking their thoughts on the ageing process and how they see themselves at the same age, I will do this by working with Grace Adenubi, a Plymouth Conservatoire graduate and MA Acting student.
Invisible Other is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and will play as part of a Platform season at the Drum in the Theatre Royal Plymouth on a date TBC
“He is the Subject, he is the Absolute – she is the Other” Simone de Beauvoir,
The Second Sex 1949