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In Conversation: Imitations of Life with Adjoa Andoh, Esther Freud, Bonnie Greer & Sophie Mackintosh

13 September 2019, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Cindy Sherman Untitled #466, 2008 Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.
Cindy Sherman
Untitled #466, 2008 Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

What meanings do we attach to appearance? How does the act of masking present itself across creative forms? And how are women’s lives formed and re-formed through embodied performances? For decades, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into an array of uncanny and unsettling characters, exploring the illusions and deceptions of everyday life and our places in the world. Marking the National Portrait Gallery’s major retrospective on Cindy Sherman, a panel of writers and actors discuss performance, in writing, image and on stage, as well as the manipulation of appearance and the deployment of cultural material. Moderated by writer and broadcaster Bonnie Greer. In partnership with The Royal Society of Literature.

Adjoa Andoh is a film, television, stage and radio actress. In 2019, she directed and played the titular role in Shakespeare’s Globe’s Richard II as part of the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage.

Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet. She has since published seven novels and a stage play, Stitchers.

American-born broadcaster, playwright, critic and columnist, Bonnie Greer OBE arrived in London in 1986 and became a British citizen in 1997. She rapidly established herself as a prominent figure in British culture, writing plays for BBC Radio and teaching Shakespeare in Lambeth and Brent schools. She has been an Arts Council supported playwright-in-residence for both Soho Theatre and the Black Theatre Co-operative. Her plays have been produced on BBC Radio 3 & 4; BBC 2; and in the West End. She has won the Verity Bargate Award for best New Play and has been shortlisted for the John Whiting Award. In 2010 Bonnie was named by the Observer as one of the 300 Public Intellectuals in the UK – the only female playwright – and was also awarded an OBE. She has been Deputy Chair of the British Museum, and has served on the boards of RADA, London Film School and Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Bonnie has been a regular contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review and Question Time. Bonnie is currently Chancellor of Kingston University.

Sophie Mackintosh’s debut novel The Water Cure was published in early 2018 and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her second novel Blue Ticket will be published in Spring 2020.

Part of the programme of events complementing Cindy Sherman

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