Seeing and Dreaming
Seeing and Dreaming was a collaboration between Sarah Fuller and performer and theatre maker Vanessa Earl.
It presents two theatrical portraits about older age, informed by our own personal experiences of the people we knew and loved.
Told through performance, shadow play and puppetry.
Dorothy is eighty, lives alone in a Victorian house in Birmingham. She has one eye, no teeth and a soft spot for Starsky and Hutch. Michael is eighty-eight. Gnarled and bed ridden, he dreams of dancing and wild horses.
Dorothy’s story is told through the memories of her eight-year old grand-daughter, Vanessa who spent many weekends alone with her. This is a portrait of older age told through the eyes of a child.
Michael’s story focuses on the last year of his life spent in hospital. This portrait explores his changing states of mind, slipping between dream, reality and memory.
Photographs by Ruby Wallis