Weight: three stories about secrets
Written by Catherine Smith
Performed by Catherine Smith and Kathryn McGarr
Directed by Mark Hewitt for LLL Productions
Incidental music for flutes and accordion by Peter Copley
Recorded by Anne Hodgson (flutes) and Jo Eagle (accordion)
Sound design by John Avery
Lighting design by Clare O'Donoghue
Photo (right) © Stephanie Sian Smith
Three gritty stories by the 'gloriously subversive' Catherine Smith from her short story collection, The Biting Point, developed for the stage in an absorbing new live literature production.
SOW: a thin woman confesses to a priest the toxic secrets that have weighed her down for years.
THE KETTLE: five days after a married woman’s married lover dies in a road accident, the kettle stops working.
THE ASCENSION OF MARY: an unassuming, middle-aged woman discovers she can defy gravity – and that she’s not the only one!
Catherine Smith writes prose, poetry and drama. Twenty of her short stories (several prize-winning) have been published in the UK, and two have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4's 'afternoon reading' slot. Her poems have been broadcast on Radios 3 and 4, on The Verb and other programmes.
In January 2004 she was voted 'one of the top ten poets to have emerged in the UK in the last ten years' by Mslexia magazine, and in June 2004 she was listed as one of the 'Next Generation' poets by The Guardian. Her first full poetry collection, The Butcher's Hands, was awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and her latest, Lip, (Smith/Doorstop, 2007), was described by Daljit Nagra as 'a unique comic-serious exploration of the conflicts between contemporary mores and physical desires.' It was short-listed for The Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her first play for radio, Jellybelly, was broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 2005.
Catherine teaches creative writing for the University of Sussex and the Arvon Foundation and runs a creative writing enrichment group for young writers at Varndean 6th Form College in Brighton.
The collection of short stories that this production draws its material from, The Biting Point, was published in 2010 by Speechbubble Books.
'Always brave, always original, always full of surprises and sometimes very sexy, The Biting Point pulls no punches in taking us to the darkness at the very edge of our dreams. Gloriously subversive and beautifully told.' (Vanessa Gebbie)
'Catherine Smith has a voice that beguiles: she draws you in with the everyday then turns the world upside down.' (Robyn Young)