“Maisie says she loves me. When she tells me this she has a look on her face like she’s at peace with the world. Connected to the planet and the people and the air and every damn atom of this Earth.”
Maisie Says She Loves Me is a show we’ve been developing over the last two years. We first developed it at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, (LPAC) before producing it as a work in progress at the LPAC’s Newvolutions Festival. It was then programmed as part of the Paines Plough Roundabout Theatre when it came to Lincoln in 2015, Vault 2017 festival in London, and now returns to the LPAC on 29 & 30 September 2017.
Maisie is a play inspired by a question. Does being a strong man mean keeping it all in? One simple question that then inspires further questions. Is that what men have been asked to do? Who is asking them to do it? Does it work? What could happen if one man does keep it all in? What happens to those around him? What happens to him? We also wanted to explore cycles of learnt behaviour and how we can take on patterns of behaviour without being conscious of it.
“I suffer from indigestion, but maybe it is not indigestion. Maybe it is love?”
It’s also a play about Sheldon, someone who would love a big family. Someone who wants to be happy.
Thoughts on Maisie by Savage Online: ‘A convergence of ideas of masculinity and control’
Original music by Corasandel.
[Poster design by NB Studio]