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.
Extract from the first version
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.