TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Performing: Teresa Bell
Painting: Caroline Kininmonth
Playing: Charles Pearce
Bring your supper to the boathouse & immerse yourself in this premiere showing of a new work developed on the island, featuring talented locals who will paint and play in response.
Based on Virginia Woolf’s famous novel set on the Isle of Skye, To the Lighthouse is a spoken word performance with music that will premiere on King Island under it’s own lighthouse.
In this performance piece characters, thoughts and time merge and move, just as the light from the lighthouse takes in moments and illuminates sections of the landscape. Mrs Ramsay is a beautiful fifty-year-old woman with eight children and a brilliant, but needy, philosopher husband. Mrs Ramsay is consumed by her social interactions on the island as a way of making her life meaningful and she longs to marry off Lily Briscoe, a single woman in her thirties who is upsetting the social order on the island. Lily Briscoe, however, is committed to her painting and cannot understand societies obsession with hedges and houses and mothers and children.
Woolf’s brilliant reflection on the dynamic between the sexes, love, art and mortality uniquely captures the way humans depend on each other. In a world destined to change, as it was in the period between the two world wars when Woolf wrote her Modernist classic, art is, perhaps, the only hope of surety. As Lily mourns while painting; “Nothing stays, all changes; but not words, not paint”.
To the Lighthouse takes place in one house over ten years looking out to the lighthouse. It is a meditation on the enormity of the human inner experience, and the way our inner lives are affected by those near us and the places we choose to live.