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Grandma's Hands

My Grandmother, on my father's side, Mary Teresa McGowan, was a vibrant, joyful, potato-peeling, pie-making, Roman Catholic, sherry swilling, ciggie smoking, poetry reciting, theatre loving influence on me.

'I haven't got any money to leave you, Love', she said once. But she did gift me a love of performance, shelves crammed the length full of poetry books, and big, strong potato-peeling hands.

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Performance research project about the relationship between Grandparents and grandchildren. Maddie interviewed members of the public about what this relationship has meant in their lives, and made a soundscape. Images were donated and contributed to a multimedia performance piece which featured original text and aerial choreography.



Shown as part of Circus City, Bristol's biennial circus festival. Supported by Arts council England, Circomedia, VOLT and Lab;Time.


Conceived and performed by Maddie McGowan

Director: Flick Ferdinando

Lighting; Tom Richmond

Desinger: Alison Alexander

Photos: Paul Blakemore

Click to hear a soundscape made from interviews for the piece.

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