8 August 2023
23andCounting & Low Door Productions, part of Camden Fringe Festival 2023
Semblance of a Woman
A piece of devised theatre that tackles the complexities of queer female attraction
A bedroom. Midnight. Overthinking and projecting. Is there one woman...Or two?
Exploring the intricacies of female and queer identity, Semblance of a Woman is an exciting piece of devised theatre that tackles the complexities of attraction. This is a show which firmly rejects the male gaze through the use of projections and movement, taking inspiration from myths of Pygmalion, Medusa and the works of Sappho.
What does female desire look like? How do we recognise it when we have never seen it before?
Part of Camden Fringe Festival 2023.
Isabelle Tyner is an award winning filmmaker and artistic director of 23andcounting. She will be collaborating with the artistic director of Low Door Productions, Reya Muller to create a piece of new writing. The show is first and foremost, about collaboration. We want to disrupt traditional actor/writer/director hierarchies and establish new and innovative ways of approaching the creation of performance. The script and our staging has come about directly from this collaborative approach, and reflect the show’s focus on perspective.
This is a play which defines one strict reading, which instead inhabits its ambiguities, offering different ways of seeing, rather than enforcing any fixed ideologies. The slippery, intangible concept of desire, and how we find it even in the most unlikely of places. As majority queer and or female creators, it was important to us to be able to place these questions onstage, and explore how isolation can grow from a lack of self-acceptance. The script is fluid, poetic, infused with the mythologies that inspired it, and we hope to forge a vision for how our literary past can inform our formulation of the contemporary moment.