“The Self Portrait – the study of self. The artist’s most intimate theme – HERSELF. It is in the complex view inwards – the gaze that penetrates back beyond the frame, that allows the viewer to see the lines, the lineage, the history, the cellular patterning, the memory, the mark, the scar… the trace, left by time. It is that ‘introspective view’ that reflects and mirrors the gaze, of the viewer looking in” – Sue Pam-Grant
The Market Theatre is proud to present The Something Prince, a new work by interdisciplinary artist Sue Pam-Grant. Penned in 2014, it has been described by artist William Kentridge as an all-immersive experience of the artist’s unique practice – he calls it a ‘talking, walking sculpture’.
The Something Prince is about forbidden love and collective loss as the play unpicks and unpacks the age-old ‘mother/son’ relationship in its never-ending complexity. It stars an accomplished cast of Leila Henriques, David Butler and Dorothy Ann Gould as ‘stuck artist’ and two therapists.
Through an interwoven witty web of short fragments and microscopic moments, the play travels poetically to explore the daily domestic minutiae of life alongside the larger poignant themes of our contemporary life’s cycle.
The script builds a web of images and associations, in which birthdays, dreams, drawings, haircuts, fantasies, seasons, sorrow, time, insight and the ever present ‘empty page’ are put under a microscopic lens.
This layered collage of text, immersive imagery, vascular verse and poetic prose make up the urgent matter that balances on the rung of a rickety ladder. The play is a subliminal inquisition into the human condition. Through gurgling dreams and wonderings, eccentric insights and melodic motifs, Greek Chorus refrains, punk prose, funky dialogue, tactile texting, self-deprecating ironic musings, line drawing and contemporary music, the themes thread and weave their way through the three characters, stitching up their vulnerabilities, fantasies and funny foibles. It’s a journey towards growing up, transforming mystification into art and the endlessly relearned lessons that the ‘empty space’ and love can teach us. It talks of our core need to return and the pain of having to let go.