One of the great celebrities of late 19th century Paris was a fifteen year-old girl called Louise Augustine Gleizes. She had many devoted and distinguished followers who had no idea of her name. She was known simply as Augustine or, more frequently, A – incarcerated, probably against her will, as a ‘lunatic’. Her mentor, physician and manager was the ‘father of modern neurology’, Jean-Martin Charcot. Dr Charcot’s public demonstrations of neurosis at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital were a sensation and Augustine was his star attraction.
The studio photographs of Augustine in her hysterical poses have fascinated scientists and artists for more than one hundred years.
In Photographs of A, Antechamber Productions and Daniel Keene give poetic voice to a previously mute but extraordinarily influential figure in modern psychology.
Wrestling with the inordinate demands of Daniel Keene’s words, Brian Lipson’s design and direction and Augustine’s ambiguous insolence is the redoubtable Helen Morse.
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with Ben Grant and Anouk Gleeson-Mead
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Lipson places the theatre under such imagistic and emotional pressures that the experience constantly threatens to fly apart.
About Antechamber Productions & Daniel Keene
Antechamber Productions was formed in 2000 to produce new work that appeals to Brian Lipson’s fascination with the provocative mysteries of theatre and science. Previous works include award-winning A Large Attendance in the Antechamber and Berggasse 19 – The Apartments of Sigmund Freud. For NEON 2014, Brian will collaborate with Daniel Keene, nationally and internationally celebrated playwright, well known in Melbourne’s independent scene for his involvement in the revolutionary Keene/Taylor Theatre Project.
Contains strong language, sexual themes and smoke. This production is not recommended for children. Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.