Theatre as Art

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Crysse with Marian Bruce

 

The Angel Trilogy

During Frome Festivals of 2009 - 2011, artist & theatrical designer Marian Bruce created  three amazing installations onstage at the Merlin theatre, each featuring gothic, life-size, 'angels' in extreme situations. During the first year, two wretched and enraged angels faced each other in confrontation: next year saw a fallen angel bride deceived and deserted by her lover, and for the final year the Scarlet Angel appeared as a grotesque and lonely harlot.  I created the words to enhance their profane stories.  The embittered couple's screwed-up arguments were in an open suitcase, the bride whispered her fantasy of love, and the prostitute's poems were ephemeral... each different prop and performance growing out of the developing stories.

The Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square

In 2009, the 'One and Other' project running 24 hours a day throughout July gave 2400 randomly selected individuals a chance to do absolutely anything, for an hour, on top of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square - the only space unoccupied by a male & military figure in this central London space dominated by Nelson's column.

I was lucky enough to be one of these individuals, and to be allotted a sunny Saturday afternoon. I spent my hour reciting and reading poems sent to me by friends all over the world, and some of my own.

More about Antony Gormley's project here:

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