She stands at the edge of the chasm, sun warm on her skin, waiting.
Waiting to be ready.
She does have a real life. But it is on pause again.
She can feel the dark material inside her body threatening to emerge.
A Beast sleeps inside her body.
She would do almost anything to keep him asleep.
Echo is a one woman show. It is a meditative exploration of the interplay between real life, imagination and memory. Using the structure of a black box theatre to escape the demands of linear time, Echo plays between the different worlds that exist within all of us; mythic, personal life, memories and the everyday. Interspersed throughout the monologue are phrases of movement (dance). The soundscape created by Tim Sneddon is the landscape that holds both performer and audience.
Echo speaks to the secret spaces in all of us but with a gentle lightness that allows for illumination, understanding and humour. Using theatrical minimalism to great effect, there is a stripping back, an essentialism revealed and as the audience we are invited into liminal space to witness this one particular woman and the material her body holds. By going on this journey the audience is invited into their own imaginations, memories and bodies.
Devised and performed: Lola Howard
Dramaturg: Maria De Braganca
Sound Design: Tim Sneddon
Lighting Design: Emmie Turner
Research support: Daniel Gleeson
Creative Process Support: Angela Campbell, Lauren Matthews, Rakaia Nault, Nicola Stephens
Sound Design by Tim Sneddon
Lighting Design by Emmie Turner
Image: Sophia Constantine
Please note that Trades Hall is undergoing significant renovations and unfortunately is not a wheelchair accessible venue for this performance.