Brother and sister, have been making things together since 1996. Based in Cornwall, they work all over the world making theatre, creating artworks (mainly out of mud, plants, steel and mosaic) and setting fire to things.

COUNTING MY BLESSINGS (and painting them)

Posted by on July 13, 2019 in Uncategorised

I have asked myself the same question that I asked the people in Sri Lanka – ‘After the worst thing you could imagine happened to you, when your existence was clouded with grief and loss, what were the moments that called you back towards life?’ I made a list. I counted my blessings, and started […]

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Posted by on April 3, 2019 in Sura Medura

There is a resonance, an echo, in the painting of the Sura Medura boats that I hadn’t seen. It was an activity of such blazing similarity that I can’t believe I failed to recognise it. My sister Di reminded me – ‘The last things you painted were Mum’s and Dad’s coffins’. Early in 2004 Mum […]

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THE STORIES – a Big Fish, a Baby Turtle, Champa’s Shop, Dogs and Cats, Waiting for the Peacock

Posted by on March 26, 2019 in Sura Medura

Waiting for the Peacock Mangalika’s favourite sound is the voice of the peacock who visits her garden early in the morning and at dusk. It seems impossible that he can fly, but Mangalika assures us that he can, his magnificent, iridescent tail streaming behind him. The Big Fish I dreamed this image, an impossibly huge […]

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THE STORIES – a Garden, a Bicycle, the Fish Market, Granny Arioti, Surf and Wedding Cake

Posted by on March 21, 2019 in Sura Medura

Granny Arioti Arioti is 73, has five children and thirteen grandchildren. Her husband died in a bike accident. When the first tsunami wave came she ran, there was no husband to save her. She lives alone in Peraliya and is very happy. She adores her family, who all want her to move in with them, […]

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THE STORIES – A Wedding, a Fridge, a Sandcastle and a Little Finger

Posted by on March 18, 2019 in Sura Medura

Eight stories are now painted on one side of the catamaran, and eight more half-finished on the other, each one nestled between mangroves. Here are a few of them… The Big Wedding Aruni fell in love when she was sixteen. Both sets of parents disapproved, especially the boy’s family. She dreamed of a wonderful wedding, […]

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Posted by on March 9, 2019 in Sura Medura

When I came to Sri Lanka I thought I would be scanning a new horizon, that my focus would be new materials, new processes, fresh thinking. Inevitably perhaps, Bill has come with me on this journey (and he’s very welcome here). Most surprising for me is that I have returned to my very first mark-making. […]

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Posted by on February 26, 2019 in Sura Medura

There would almost always be a time when we shared how our day had been, no matter where in the world he and I were, or how far apart. What did you see that gave you wonder? Did you hear something that made you sad? Someone who made you angry? Did you find beauty? I’m […]

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Sura Medura

There were two waves. The first hit the coast at Hikkaduwa without warning, stopping the train, washing away shelters and boats. And then the sea vanished towards the horizon, leaving fish flapping on the never-before-revealed sand. People, children, rushed out onto the expanse in wonder, collecting the fish. There are many deeply upsetting images in […]

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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in Travelling

For more than thirty years I have been making art and theatre in the wild, not in theatres or galleries, playing and experimenting with new tools, media and materials – ice, seawater, cake, mud, plants, cranes, horses, distance, boats, twilight, fire. I am a maker, performer, storyteller, curator and director. I have walked much of […]

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