Skye Loneragan Though This Be Madness


How can we nurture our collective sanity? Bouncing on a pilates ball in the Land of Lounge Room, a recovering mum is desperate to soothe her baby. Unable to reach her sister, who wrestles sometimes with a cataract on what Shakespeare calls the mind’s eye, she stitches together a pillow-book of tales told through poetry and performance. Skye is working with musician Mairi Campbell to further develop their collaboration in this piece (and the choreography touched on with Emma Jayne Park) through poetry and performance. The piece is for adults  - but a 30-min improvised version of it is open to babe-in-arms. 

Skye & Mairi will be holding an open studio on Friday 23 Nov from 11am to 1pm this is an opportunity to pop in and either watch or participate in the development of the performance. 

There will be a sharing of work from 1pm on Friday the 23 Nov for 30 mins followed by discussion. The work is aimed at adults with babes in arms, however toddlers are also welcome at the sharing. 

 “Loneragan is such a gifted and engaging performer, both in words and movement, that the quiet integrity of her unadorned staging comes to seem like a gift; in a show that talks of madness, but also of how women’s lives, honestly described, always tend to defy the norms of our culture – including our ideas of sanity and exactly what it might look like.” (Joyce McMillan, Scotsman)


Image credit: Stewart Ennis