Zones of Avoidance

~ a multimedia live literature production written and performed by poet Maggie Sawkins & directed by Mark C. Hewitt


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Review of Zones of Avoidance in Bristol

Zones of Avoidance was last presented at Bristol Improv Theatre as part of ‘Bristol Takes Drugs Seriously’, a week of events and activity organised by the Bristol-based Transform Drug Policy Foundation. It was a great night with the work performed to a full house.

Read the review here »

Production photo by Nivine F. Keating

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Zones of Avoidance in Bristol

NEXT PERFORMANCE

Zones of Avoidance goes next to Bristol as part of ‘Bristol Takes Drugs Seriously’, a week of events and activity organised by the Bristol-based Transform Drug Policy Foundation. The performance will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

Date/time: Monday 2 October, 8.00pm
Venue: The Bristol Improv Theatre, 50 St Paul’s Road, Bristol BS8 1LP
Tickets: £10.00 / £5.00 concessions
Box Office: 07936 617158 or online from The BIT »


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Zones of Avoidance – what people have said

“This is an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound, which works exceptionally well. It is a challenging, painfully open account of a daughter’s addiction, yet it’s an account which also offers graceful good humour.” 

“… a really extraordinary performance piece.” 

“I’ve never been so effected by a poetry performance as I was during this one. It was so beautifully haunting, honest and devastating – I hung on every word, image and sound …” 

Read who said what on the Feedback & Reviews page.


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Poetry workshops at Erlestoke Prison, March 2017

In March 2017, Maggie Sawkins will be running creative writing sessions with people in recovery from addictions at HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire. The workshops will be part of Penned Up at Erlestoke, a second literature festival in a prison run by LLL Productions. Zones of Avoidance featured as part of the first Penned Up programme at Lewes Prison, and this time, sister production Diving into the Wreck will feature.

 


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Zones of Avoidance at Winchester Uni

NEXT PERFORMANCE

Zones of Avoidance returns to Hampshire in October for a performance at the University of Winchester’s Performing Arts Studios.

Date/time: Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm
Venue: Performing Arts Studio 2, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road SO22 4NR
Tickets: £9.00 / free for students (available on door only)
For advance reservations: contact Gary.Farnell@winchester.ac.uk / 01962 827267 or Barbara Large on 01962 712307  (b.a.large@gmail.com)

*ZOA-46-LowResProduction photo by Nivine F. Keating

 


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Zones of Avoidance in Eastbourne

NEXT PERFORMANCE

The next scheduled performance for Zones of Avoidance is 28 June at The Birley Centre, Eastbourne,  linked to a showing of Melanie Manchot’s video installation, Twelve, at The Towner gallery.  Both Twelve and Zones of Avoidance are explorations of addiction and both involve the voices of individuals in recovery. Melanie Manchot will also contribute to the aftershow Q&A at The Birley Centre, which is situated immediately opposite the gallery.

Date/time: Tuesday 28 June, 7.30pm
Venue: The Birley Centre, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4EF
Tickets: £9.00 (Towner members £8)
Box Office: 01323 452255

 Maggie Sawkins and Melanie Manchot on Brighton’s radio Reverb


Diving into the Wreck

Maggie Sawkins and Mark C. Hewitt have also been developing a parallel production with members of the recovery community in Portsmouth, in which they get to tell their own stories in their own words. Written and performed by former addicts, Diving into the Wreck evokes the secret world of serious addiction; its craziness, nastiness, predictable routines and dark humour. A first performance – to great audience acclaim – was given at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, on Sunday 15 May as part of Hampshire Festival of the Mind. Like Zones of Avoidance, the production uses video sequences, recorded voices and live material. There’s a second opportunity to see the performance at the same venue on Friday 17 June as part of Portsmouth Festivities.

Read the online review by Will Sutton: here »K&D 4