Triptych: Three Plays for Young People
Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego
by Dr Fiona Graham
Introduced by Rosamunde Hutt and Bernadette O’Brien
The Portuguese visual artist Paula Rego has inspired this new trilogy of plays. Her paintings CrivellI’s Garden, The Prey and Breaking China became the catalyst for writing by theatre maker Fiona Graham. Commissioned by Theatre Centre and Komedia, these three new plays were developed for specific audiences through a series of artist/audience residencies and collaborations. These works have toured Britain and been re-staged in Portugal and Singapore.
Crivelli’s Garden was created for a 16+ audience and explores rites of passage as two young women decide whether they should stay or leave their fishing village to go to university in Portugal.
Between Friends is for 7 -11 year olds and examines the politics of friendship between three young people when they are shipwrecked and abandoned in a lighthouse.
Breaking China is for 4-8 year olds and shows the importance of creative play and storytelling when making sense of change and adversity.
‘Graham’s poetically eloquent script flows like molten silver and should give students, teachers and other theatregoers much to think about’
(on Crivelli’s Garden) – The Stage
‘A prime example of how an excellent script innovatively directed and beautifully performed can be applied to a wide age range. This joyful production provides much food for thought.’
(on Breaking China) – The Stage
About the Playwright
Fiona convenes the MA Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, London University. Previously she worked as a writer and dramaturge for twelve years in New Zealand and taught at Auckland University. Her plays include: Passage (The Herald Theatre, Auckland 2010), Legacy and Still Moving (Massive Theatre Company, Auckland, 1998 and 2004). Most recently she has worked as dramaturge with Otago University and Talking House Theatre Company on Be/Longing and Hush (verbatim theatre), with Red Leap Theatre Company on Paper Sky and Sea (physical theatre),with playwright Mei-lin Te Puea Hansen on The Mooncake And The Kūmara, and Carol Brown on 1000 Lovers and PAH (site specific performances). Her book Performing Dramaturgy was published by Playmarket in 2017.
Read our exclusive interview with Fiona here.