Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Presented by Word of Warning, The Guinness Partnership during Domestic II
Ellie Stamp is the secret love child of Elvis.
In this autobiographical interactive performance — created with neuroscientist research partners — Ellie utilises her skills in participation and music to examine the problematic methodology used to define psychosis. She invites the audience to play with 9 numbers that fascinated Sir Isaac Newton, Pythagoras and Elvis.
Venue + Booking Details, for Domestic II
SATURDAY EVENING EXTRA TICKETS RELEASED
Dates: Saturday 26 September 2015, 7.30pm
Venue: Matthias Court, off Cannon Street, Salford, M3 6JD — a 7 minute walk from Chapel Street / Salford Cathedral, a 13 minute walk to Salford Central Railway Station, and a 20 minute walk to Opera House on Quay Street.
Tickets: Evening Performances can be booked online via We Got Tickets (10% booking fee applies) OR reserved over the phone 07581 299 439 (leave a message + we’ll get back to you); remaining tickets will be available at Matthias Court (cash only) just before the performances.
As a sited event, Domestic II presents a number of access challenges please see front page for details.
Age advisory: 15+ For specific age and access information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07581 299 439.
Are You Lonesome Tonight? is a solo performance based on true events. Ellie has been trying to understand how and why delusional beliefs occur by asking:
What is the difference between an imaginative thought and a delusional belief?
Created as part of NOW14 The Yard Theatre London in March 2014 it has since shown at Exeter Ignite Festival, Latitude Festival, Theatre Delicatessen, The British Science Festival, Summmerhall and Oval House.
Who is she?
Ellie Stamp is an artist, activist and mental health campaigner who feels conflicted by labels and swears a lot. Here are some of the labels other people give Ellie Stamp:
live artist, performance maker, campaigner, activist, queer, mental, female, femme, man, woman, dyke, secret love child of Elvis, producer, singer, director, dyslexic, musician, feminist, pain in the arse, dramaturg, weirdo.
Ellie’s practice is driven by her confusion towards labels; how illness or disorders and appropriate behaviour are constructed and quantified. Ellie makes devised performance that sits somewhere between live art, theatre and game mainly in non-traditional spaces, engaging unsuspecting audiences in live art practice. Ellie’s performance work is usually interdisciplinary, participatory and experiential, embracing all forms of dialogue, co-creation and points of exchange with an audience to create fun spaces where audiences consider difficult subject matter with the aim to provoke social change. Ellie also works with other artists as a dramaturg, is a visiting artist at De Montfort University, runs workshops, takes promotional photos and makes music.
What people have said about her
Stamp is a sharply engaging performer and the questions she asks cloud preconceived certainties about this complex subject.
The interactive element of the show is deftly handled, drawing us in with a hint of gameplay before later unveiling the intelligence behind what had felt like sheer silliness.
Skillfully executed and resonant Stamp has created a work which needs to be seen by anyone wishing to understand better the subject of mental health that is so easily dismissed or deemed taboo.
Total Theatre Review
Created with support The Yard Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen, Nigel&Louise, Caroline Williams, Ross Sutherland & Xavier de Sousa. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Domestic IIThurday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015
at Matthias Court, M3 6JD [on Google Maps]