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Saturday 21 May 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Tullynessle & Forbes Hall
Saturday 21 May 2016
Alice Mary Cooper Productions
In 1921 a group of postal workers in Dundee created a unique time capsule as a memorial to those who had died in The Great War. This casket, crammed with papers, lay forgotten for many years on a shelf in a sorting office. It was rediscovered in 2013 by a woman tracing her family’s history and was opened on the hundredth anniversary of the start of the war.
Theatre maker and performer Alice Mary Cooper has been given special access to the photos, letters and books inside the time capsule by the Collections Unit in Dundee. The Box is a performance about memory and our relationship with the past, the people who made the capsule and the near 100 year old contents. It’s also a personal story of Alice’s relationship and journey with The Box. Join her as she brings this unique piece of Scottish social history to life.
Excerpt from a letter in the time capsule.
“You who read this, I wonder if the Millennium has really come in your day, if happiness and peace has at least come to the ravished nations of the world, or whether you too are straining tired eyes to the future and saying, what next?”
What Alice has said about The Box: ‘What first strikes you when you see the box is it’s size in relation to it’s contents. The Box is barely bigger than a few shoeboxes and yet the amount of material in there is enough to surface an apartment! Thus it’s a big job sifting through it all, with white gloves ofcourse, and trying to make sense of the contents and start to grasp who the people were who put it all together. There are undoubtedly a lot of serious documents and letters inside but also, there are things that make me smile- like the Baby Show fundraiser they hosted where 161 babies were entered including 11 sets of twins!’
Alice Mary Cooper is an exciting theatre-maker based in Edinburgh. She specialises in devising and performing unique stories – both true and invented – that transform the everyday into something very special.
Quotes for her previous work:
‘Cooper … tells her story beautifully’
The Scotsman on Alice Mary Cooper’s Waves
**** ‘Cooper gives a wonderful performance … a born storyteller’
The West Australian on Waves
***** And she’s gifted herself a beautiful script: subtly evocative, quietly poignant and never afraid to be playful. ‘ Richard Stamp, Fringe Guru on Waves