2017 – ongoing
The work began with Performance for Stage and Screen students at Sheffield Hallam University performing an adapted reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Mystery of Marie Roget. Based upon the murder of Mary Cecila Rogers in New York in 1841, it is considered to be the first ‘true crime’ story.
The intention of the work was to deconstruct the tropes and patterns of detective crime and ‘dead girl’ mysteries.
UK/Australian performance company Doppelgangster have prepared this version of the tale especially for the students as part of an initial research and development project into Poe’s tales of ratiocination.
This collaborative work with Sheffield Hallam University is supported by Doppelgangster’s DeepWater artist development programme. The initial Research and Development phase was originally developed as a commission for the Off The Shelf Festival (2017) and took place at the Winter Gardens in Sheffield city centre.
Sheffield Hallam University | SHU Performance
Originally commissioned for the OFF THE SHELF FESTIVAL (2017)
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PHASE ONE
21 October 2017 THE WINTER GARDENS, SHEFFIELD
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PHASE TWO
February 2018 PERFORMANCE LAB, SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
Research & Development phase one performance AMY BLAKE, AMELIA-DAISY PHAIR, CLARKE BANNERMAN, CAMERON SHARP & MEGAN REDMOND.
Writing TOBIAS MANDERSON GALVIN &
DR TOM PAYNE, with KERITH MANDERSON GALVIN, after EDGAR ALLEN POE.
Facilitation and Scenographic Design DR TOM PAYNE
Promotional Photograph JORGE LIZALDE.
Development phase one rehearsal photography ELIZABETH PENNINGTON.
Development phase one in show photography MEGHAN REDMOND.
Development phase two in show photography BECKY PAYNE.