the foul of the air
Girls. Women. Led one by one into an abandoned building.
Water drips from above.
Faces unseen but for items of clothing, distinct, descriptive and dank with sweat.
Men become restless. Others turn away. The rest is up to your imagination.
the foul of the air is inspired by Charlotte Wood’s novel ‘The Natural Way of Things’. Using the images she creates through language, St Anne links these back to girls and women in our recent history to open up a conversation about the complicit nature of violence.
The sun floats down behind the adjoining park creating Giacometti-like shadows along the verandah. These shadows are of the mourners as they twist and turn their way into the building in heavy black gowns – the audience is asked to gesture. These are the mothers, the aunts and the grandmothers: those who have subconsciously averted their attention when things ‘weren’t quite right.’
Dark falls inside, and the girls, the women, are led in one by one, clutching at an object of comfort. Henson faces full of promise and uncertainty.
Doorways house the two male carers, caught between right and wrong. In the storerooms they wait abated. The slatted half walls littered with children’s soiled underwear are revealed only by passing light.
‘Can I really stop this from happening?’
The only way to escape (as the child does) is to close your eyes, cover your ears and hum.
April 2018 development as ‘Ten Young Women‘ supported by Brand X.
Friday 19 - Saturday 20 October 2018 | 8.00pm
East Sydney Community and Arts Centre