My Mother, My Shadow
An exhibition from international, award-winning theatre director,
Electro Studios Project Space (13 & 14 August)
My Mother, My Shadow is an exhibition and unmissable one-off event from award-winning, international theatre director and East Sussex resident, Irina Brook.
For the past four years, Irina has been working on House of Us, an autobiographical, multi-dimensional piece that combines an immersive meta-theatrical journey with an intimate visual diary. The project is anchored around Irina’s loving celebration of her mother, the actress Natasha Parry, who died in 2015. Natasha’s loneliness and lifelong search for meaning, wrapped in an all-consuming love for theatre, take on various forms throughout the spaces. The first iteration of House of Us opened in Palermo in September last year and is now being reimagined for Venice’s atmospheric Casa dei Tre Oci museum, where it will open in November, produced by the Teatro Goldoni.
“When you become the sun, shadows disappear.”
My Mother, My Shadow is at the Electro Studios Project Space on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August, from 12 until 7pm. Entrance is free and there will be a special Happenstance event at 6pm on Saturday 13 August hosted by the artist together with veteran actor and special guest performer from House of Us, Geoffrey Carey.
Irina Brook, daughter of the director Peter Brook and actress Natasha Parry, was born in Paris and grew up between England and France. Aged 18, she went to New York to study with Stella Adler and performed in New York, Paris and London before deciding to dedicate her time to a successful directing career, based in Paris and Lausanne. In 2003, Irina formed her own theatre company, which toured extensively in France, reinventing the classics for new audiences. Her shows were performed around the world, including Japan, the UK, Austria, Italy, and the USA. From 2014-2019, Irina Brook was Artistic Director of the Théâtre National de Nice (TNN). Here, alongside her own theatre productions, she created the first international Shakespeare festival in France, the “Shake Nice!”, and an eco-festival around the COP21, “Réveillons-nous!” (Let’s Wake Up!).