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Elizabeth & the Three Sisters

Elizabeth and The Three Sisters follows Queen Elizabeth I in a stargazing journey, as she transits time, space and historical reality. In her dreams and visions, she sets off to visit the constellation of the The Three Sisters (Orion’s Belt). Guided by her court astrologer Dr John Dee, she embraces Alchemical symbols and Enochian calls to move between worlds, but losing her way, Elizabeth finds herself instead in an alternative version of Middlesbrough. Where are the town’s Hercules and Vulcan? Here the queen tries to navigate her way back through the industrial night sky to her own time and to her own reality by transforming herself into the goddesses Juno, Venus and Minerva. 


Elizabeth and The Three Sisters, commissioned by Stellar Projects, was performed as part of Nightfall on the 14th October 2016. The live theatrical performance combined movement, sound and wearable sculpture and took place in and around the Centre Square fountain, Middlesbrough.

Wearable sculpture: Annie O’Donnell (Platform A Gallery)
Sound: Peter Heselton (Python Gallery)
Choreography & performance: Lorraine Smith 
Assistant Choreographer: Kayleigh O’Connor

Film & editing: Bethany Brownless

Photography: David Griffiths

All images by David Griffiths

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