Current Work in the United Kingdom
Conference organised in conjunction with V&A to consider Edward Gordon
Craig's Legacy in the field of Art and Theatre Design - click on link above to
hear this on UAL Research Online
‘Staging the Renaissance’
'The writing of the past and the performance of the
present' ( Susan Bennet - ‘Performing Nostalgia’)
'Ten Thousand Several Doors'
‘Ten Thousand Several Doors’ a site specific adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi by John
Webster with Prodigal Theatre Company directed by Jane Collins and designed by Peter
Farley won the Best Production of the Brighton Festival Award in 2006. Production sites
involved the use of Brighton Station and its environs.
A site-sp ecific version of the ‘Duchess of Malfi ‘ incorporating Brighton Station
and the surrounding area in 2005.
Design/video/photography by Peter Farley
THE VOYAGES OF HARRIET HERRING
A Performance - ING Bank 2006
"We were inspired by Benjamin West's portrait of Sir Francis Baring initially because of
its dominating presence. We wanted to know more about this man with the open
outstretched hand, eyes fixed on something stage left.....but what or whom?
Sir Francis commissioned the painting in 1804 the year of his retirement. His wife Harriet,
to whom he was married for 37 years and with whom he had twelve children, died in
December of the same year. The painting was originally of the whole family. Shortly after
completion it was cut down to its present size.
Was Harriet included in the original painting? In her absence we imagine her and from the
remnants of a torn canvas attempt to piece together fragments of her world.”
Jane Collins and Peter Farley
Dream - on - Sea
Working in collaboration with the designer Peter Farley, an adaptation of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream in which the lovers are played by four ballroom dancers in their eighties.
Acts of creative vandalism
The re-staging of renaissance plays in contemporary settings. Collaborations between
professional actors, students and members of the community. Enabling the community to
articulate through performance their pre-occupations and concerns.
A fresh look at the ‘Duchess of Malfi’ and ‘The White Devil’ by John Webster, again
working with designer Peter Farley, with an all male cast performed at the Tron in
Glasgow and ‘The Museum of..’ on the South Bank in London.