Six O'clock Swill (Reworked)

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This interactive solo performance was redeveloped to explore gender ambiguity in response to the event company Mother’s Ruin: a trailblazing alternative cabaret platform that facilitates radical and robust queer performance platforms in regional spaces to increase LGBTQ participation and engagement with wider audiences. The piece was performed at ARC Stockton (09/03/18) and Refract Festival, Waterside Arts (20/07/18).
The redevelopment of the piece has prompted a questioning of the ethical issues in live performance, refocusing the discussion of risk onto the performer, as well as on the often ignored theatrical element of costume and its potential impact on performer behaviour and embodiment, as well as the impact it can have on the audience. This has led to the creation of the article ‘Unleashing Mr Punch’ (2019); an experiential reflection on the performative risks of embodying Mr Punch, for global dance magazine a Dance Mag (published from Beirut), and conference paper ‘The Risks of Wearing Mr Punch & Other Costumed Performances’ at Critical Costume - An international conference and exhibition, University of Surrey (2018). This paper uses the case study of Six O'clock Swill, as well as other performance work, to interrogate the risks of costume through the concepts of otherness, immersive and participatory performance, the Haptic (Driscoll, 2011; Machon, 2013) and the impact of costume/clothing on the wearer and viewer (Barbieri 2017; Monks 2010).
Established in 2013, Critical Costume is an international research network focused on the promotion of new costume scholarship and practice. The 2018 conference was organised by Dr Rachel Hann, co-founder and Chair for the international research network Critical Costume and author of Beyond Scenography. Lorraine presented in session with scholar and scenographer Dr Donatella Barbieri, author of the book Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture and the Body and founder/co-editor of the journal Studies in Costume and Performance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2018


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