Black Sequin Productions investigate the psyche and its ability to function creatively in the contemporary world. We inhabit the ‘everyday’ world but carry within ourselves an extensive ‘inner world’. The work is about the relationship between the inner and outer realities, about their dynamic and about the potential of their interaction. ‘haunting, witty, tightly written and distinctive theatre’ Steven Carroll, The Age.
The Black Sequin Dress
18 minutes edited film version of the premiere production as seen in 1996 Adelaide Festival. (approx 75 mins)
The Black Sequin Dress is an investigation into the psyche and its ability to function creatively. A woman in a black sequin dress leaves the children for the evening and goes to a nightclub. The play begins. The woman arrives at the nightclub. She walks across the shiny floor. In a moment of indecision she glances back, slips and falls. We watch as memory, desire, dream, fantasy and myth serve to animate the descent into the underworld and her subsequent ascent.
18 minutes edited film version of the premiere production as seen in 1993 at Gasworks Theatre Melbourne (approx 75 mins).
A young woman has been raped and believes she has killed her assailant. Remember follows her journey of recovery as she lies in a hospital bed. We watch as memory, dream, imagination and courage work to heal her damaged self. Remember confronts what has happened not by focusing on the social/legal implications of the act but by looking at what happens inside the woman herself when she is left alone after the event.
Interview with Jane McDermott & Jenny Kemp about the making of The Black Sequin Dress. A rare insight in the creative process of directing, this is a 9 minute documentary filmed during the rehearsal of The Black Sequin Dress. It includes rehearsal and production footage and an interview with actor Margaret Mills as well as the director/writer Jenny Kemp. Footage from Imagine Copyright 1996 SBS Corporation courtesy SBS International. 9 mins.