In Conversation: Masked/Unmasked
11 May 2017, 19:00
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Self portrait (full length masked figure in cloak with masks)
Claude Cahun, 1928.
Jersey Heritage Collections, © Jersey Heritage
'Man is least himself when he talks in his own person,’ wrote Oscar Wilde. ‘Give him a mask and he will tell the truth.’ Novelist and cultural critic Diran Adebayo, poet and novelist John Burnside, novelist Jay Griffiths and international teacher and director of theatre John Wright discuss how masks can both hide and reveal.
Novelist and critic Diran Adebayo has long been interested in the ‘performance’ of race in multicultural societies. Jay Griffiths’ novel, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, is inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo, a lifelong collector of masks. John Wright is co-founder of Trestle Theatre Company, the first ‘home-grown’ mask theatre company to develop a popular style of visual theatre. In a conversation chaired by poet and novelist John Burnside, they reflect on how masks allow us to fulfil personal fantasies, to enact dramatic refusals of societal limitations and inequalities, and to assert forgotten kinships with the natural world.
In Partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.
This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.
Part of the programme of events complementing Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask
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