Staged Reading Of Blood Relations at Irish Centre Tonight

Performance part of mental health organisation's fundraising month

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Resurgance Theatre Company

Sharon Pollock

Irish Cultural Centre

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Hammersmith mental health organisation Emergence is holding a staged reading of Sharon Pollock’s play Blood Relations at the Irish Cultural Centre tonight, October 13 at 7.15pm.

The reading is part of a series of events being presented by the Resurgance Theatre Company during Emergence's 2011 Fundraising Month.

The charity is using this emotional piece to not only create awareness of personality disorder (PD) but also raise much needed funds to continue to educate and fight the stigma associated with this much maligned and misunderstood mental health condition.

Blood Relations concerns the notorious 19th century murder case which saw New England woman Lizzie Borden tried and acquitted for killing her father and stepmother with a hatchet, though no one else was ever accused of the crime.

In 1892 no one would believe that a well-bred young woman could have committed such a violent and bloody crime. Based on these events, Blood Relations is a powerful exploration of the fact and fiction that has become the ‘Lizzie Borden legend. Given a certain set of circumstances, is anybody capable of anything?

Canadian playwright Sharon Pollock’s award winning play finds Lizzie, years later, in the same family home, entertaining a friend and playing with the endless question… Did she, or didn’t she?

What is a staged reading?

The staged reading will be a script-in–hand performance with some movement. The experienced professional cast will have had a few rehearsals where the emphasis will have been on characterisation and the emotional content of the piece - a recipe for a dynamic, spontaneous and powerful theatrical experience in an intimate space.

The cast features West End actress Lisa Bowerman as Lizzie’s sister Emma Borden. Lisa is best known for roles in two series of Casualty, Dr. Who, Spooks, Bad Girls, Doctors and has just finished filming the role of Jennifer Lingwood in Coronation Street. Also, 13 years as title role in the cult audio series The Adventures of Bernice Summerfield.

The cast also includes Susan Franklyn (Soldier Soldier, Casualty), and Max Gold Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, EastEnders) along with John Banks, Pauline Munro, Regina Reagan and William Whymper.

Tickets for the reading cost £10. To purchase tickets in advance, go to Brown Paper Tickets.

Emergence say that this is an emotional piece with resonances relating to personality disorder which people may find unsettling. There will be a space to discuss this performance at the end.



October 12, 2011