An Audience With... (2017)
Performance Dates: Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Empire Rooms21st, 26th, 28th October 2017
Part of Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival
June Don Murray, Daisy Douglas, Marie Duthie, Doreen Leighton-Ward, Katie Miller, Janice Parker
Created by Janice Parker & Performers
Outside Eye Luke Pell
Film Martin Clark
Sound MJ McCarthy
Costume Advice Karen Tennent
Production Management & Lighting Fi Johnston
Stage Management Marisa Ferguson
Project Coordination Paul Hudson, Festival Theatre
Janice Parker Projects and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh
In 2016 and 2017, choreographer and theatre maker Janice Parker worked with the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and three professional dancers, aged 93, 90 and 85 as part of the Festival Theatre’s Forget Me Not programme to create new performance work.
Janice’s almost 2-year long residency culminated in a performance in October 2017, with a book (with writer Martin O'Connor) and a film (with Martin Clark), both to be launched and presented at the Festival Theatre in February 2018.
"Our live event features six women dancers, spanning three generations, sharing their practice and dancing together.
It all started last year when Janice Parker made a call out looking for dancers from the Variety era who had, at one time or another, performed on the stage of The Empire - now Festival - Theatre Edinburgh. Marie Duthie, June Don Murray and Doreen Leighton-Ward are three prolific Variety era dancers who have each performed at the Empire, and have never stopped dancing and sharing their love of the art form."
Marie says: “I’ve danced from the word go. My mother used to say whenever there was any music on I was twitching and moving, always dancing and doing my own version. I feel so at home the minute I put my tap shoes on.”
June says: “Oh, it’s a laugh a minute, we love it, but nobody knows what goes into making a show, the time it takes, how hard we work, the precision.”
Doreen says: ‘’Ours is a small piece of a large jigsaw from which other dance styles evolved. I’ve a renewed sense of worth in the work we did 65 years ago. This is exciting, heady stuff.”