Posted on 18/02/2013
‘The Mariam Project’ seeks to mark the quarter centenary of the publication of The Tragedy of Mariam, Fair Queen of Jewry by investigating Mariam in performance, by exploring Mariam in a range of theatrical conditions, recording the outcomes, analysing them and then curating an online workshop. It seeks to bring scholars and practitioners together to work on Mariam’s theatricality, to use scholars as dramaturgs and practitioners as scholars. It seeks to create research-led practice, which will then result in practice-led research.
Mariam in Burford: Youth and Young Girlhood/Encountering Elizabeth
June 12th 2013
As part of the Burford Festival, the Mariam Project presented a performance workshop examining The Tragedy of Mariam in St.John’s Church in Burford, where Elizabeth Cary’s, Lawrence and Elizabeth Tanfield, as entombed.
The church and the town of Burford have strong links to Cary and her family, and for this performance workshop director Rebecca McCutcheon worked with a team of performers, a designer, composer Lucy Harrison and dramaturg Liz Schafer to investigate the site of the church and the town as a ‘biographical’ site, celebrating and interrogating images and themes from Cary’s life which emerge in her theatre text and in her biography.
Mariam in Peckham: Cary: the Mariam Cycles at the Gretchen Day Gallery
August 13/14th 2013
The Mariam Project presented a pop-up performance exploring Mariam in the context of the visual art scene in contemporary Peckham. A disused art gallery was the site of a 2 day ‘exhibition’ exploring characters, physicality and performance through the forms of installation art and curating. Director Rebecca McCutcheon worked with designer Talullah Mason and composer Lucy Harrison to create a series of performance installations exploring the play.
Anyone who is interested in contributing to, or participating in, this project is invited to email Elizabeth Schafer for details of the planned events. E.Schafer@rhul.ac.uk