Created by Louise Ann Wilson + Wils Wilson
Written by Amanda Dalton, Bernardine Evaristo, Alison Fell
Composed by Kuljit Bhamra
Co-produced by wilson+wilson and Sheffield Theatres
Mapping the Edge took intimate audiences of 33 people out into the streets of Sheffield and led them on an epic journey through the city. Audiences travelled on foot, on a bus and on a tram, as three interlinked stories unfolded around them.
'This piece seals a new generation’s perceptions of a multi-ethnic, post-industrial society in a theatrical vocabulary for the new century.'
Timothy Ramsden, ReviewsGate.com
The audience traced the footsteps of three women – Mildred, Nadia and Maddy – to locations as diverse as a boxing ring, a ballroom, a registry office and a courtyard of dilapidated industrial workshops. The women’s stories were inspired by the Medea myth and the city itself, each set in a different time period – Nadia came to Sheffield from the Yemen in 1901, Mildred followed her Gerry to Sheffield in 1941 and Maddy’s story took place in contemporary Sheffield. An acting company of eight also formed a modern-day ‘Greek chorus’, talking to the audience, commenting on the action and building the atmosphere.
Mapping the Edge took two years to create. The creative team worked closely with many Sheffield residents during the making of the piece, in particular the Tea Dancers at Sheffield City Hall, ex-WAAF and WWII Barrage Balloon Operators, members of Sheffield’s Yemeni community, and boxers at Burton Street Gym.
'The piece is alive with reverberations past, present and future, coexisting in a single thought… The script is a miracle of down-to-earth lyricism, the acting dazzling. Through the three gripping stories the evening maps inner and outer lives and all the poetry of the heart.
An adventure as much as a piece of theatre.'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****
Mapping the Edge was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in November 2001.
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