My Darling Patricia
My Darling Patricia’s work is inspired by photo’s and found objects; the detritus and residue of stories. The name My Darling Patricia comes from one such find, a 60 year old secret love letter, found sticky-taped inside the lining of an old vanity set. On carefully folded, yellowed, lined paper, the letter began with the words “To My DarlingPatricia…”
Founded in 2003 by Clare Britton, Bridget Dolan, Katrina Gill and Halcyon Macleod and since joined by Sam Routledge, the company’s productions fuse images of domestic degradation with epic landscapes in a unique evocation of the Australian gothic. The work is formatively diverse drawing on sculpture, painting, film and puppetry to create original Australian theatre.
Led by artistic directors Clare Britton and Halcyon Macleod, My Darling Patricia has created five productions working together with associate artists and presenters at Melbourne’s Arts House Meat Market, The Victorian Arts Centre (FULLTILT), The Malthouse Theatre, Sydney’s The Performance Space and Adelaide’s Vitalstatistix. Their breakthrough production Politely Savage won Best Theatre Act at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007, Outstanding Production and Best Design at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2006 and Best Independent Theatre Show at the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Award in 2006. Africa received the Malcolm Robertson Prize in 2009 and in 2010 was shortlisted for the Helpmann Award for Best Physical or Visual Theatre Production. Africa performed around Australia in 2011 supported by Mobile States and Performing Lines and concluded the tour with a three week season at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 2.
“A stunning work … One of the achievements of Africa is its emotional honesty: how it at once expresses human resilience — the ability to generate beauty from the “rag and bone shop of the heart” — and the incorrigibility of damage and loss. Realised with an admirable skill, it’s funny, beautiful and heartbreaking. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket to this one.”
Alison Croggon, The Australian
My Darling Patricia premiered Posts in the Paddock at Performance Space in November 2011, produced by My Darling Patricia and Marguerite Pepper Productions in association with Moogahlin Performing Arts
“My Darling Patricia is a company that uses an astonishing range of performance styles and techniques to explore the way we look back, from the 21st century, on what we have lost, forgotten and need to recover. But even for the company this story is extraordinary.”
John McCallum, The Austalian
“A distinctly unique company with the vision and patience of real artists. And this will be a pinnacle moment of accomplishment in their history. It seemed the personal stakes of the creators in this story of their families had made such specificity, culturally universal for the audience. Wonderful. POSTS IN THE PADDOCK, a wonder.”
Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary
Available for touring: Posts in the Paddock, Africa
Current works in development include The Piper, Mantle, Food Garden and Falling Woman