Performance, participation, documentation and the archive. What can Performance Studies tell us?

Anna is invited keynote and facilitator for the AHRC Research Network Memory, Music and Movement, Cape Breton University, Canada this October. She is looking forward to presenting  and running  workshops to drill down into Performance Studies with her NAFCo colleagues

Her piece ‘Mary Wollstonecraft Trail Blazer to Parliament ‘ will be published in Women’s Voices and Parliament (eds) John Vice (Hansard, House of Lords) and Maggie Inchley (2018). She was keynote and facilitator for Recovering Women’s Past: New Epistemologies, New Ventures University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) and Institut Francais Ecosse (2016) and for International Women’s Day, March 2017 she presented ‘The Wollstonecraft Live Experience!’ at Mary Wollstonecraft: Life, Work and Legacy conference University of Hull and Hull City of Culture.

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Treats from F&M to remember DIANA.

Diana, born: 1 July 1961, Sandringham Died: 31 August 1997, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France Buried: 6 September 1997, Althorp.

‘Liz and Di’ a dream play

Adapted by Anna Birch for London College of Fashion, March 2009 from the original play by Di Sherlock.

“I insulted her. I sent her inferior frocks.”

‘Liz and Di’ a dream play – Part 1

‘Liz and Di’ a dream play – Part 2

‘Liz and Di’ a dream play – Part 3

PLUS our magical trilogy celebrating icons from the theatre of life: DIANA,  Miss Julie and Adela Alba (House of Bernada Alba)

Di’s Midsummer Night Party 

2001 – an outdoor screening of site-specific performance documentary, Stoke Newington Festival. Directors of Photography: Lucy Bristow and Matt Fox, Clissold House, Stoke Newington, London N16 with Di Sherlock as Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Faith Tingle, Navtej Singh Johar, Angela O’ Mahoney, Rosella Emmanuelle.

Di’s Midsummer Night Party: site-specific performance, 2000 Stoke Newington Festival, Scenographer Madelon Schwirtz, Choreographer Sheila Ghelani, Clissold House, Stoke Newington, London N16, UK.

Di’s Midsummer Night Party

Lovely Stones

 1998 – by Janet Goddard, designed by Madelon Schwirtz,  filmed by Vivienne Dick, edited by Anna Birch and Madelon Schwirtz with Lucy Burden, Sherlina Chamberlain, Rosy Fordham and Faith Tingle, lighting by Peter Nigrini for Scenofest’98, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Lovely Stones

Dogs are Alone Too and They Live!

1996 –  Concept and design Madelon Schwirtz with Lucy Burden and Tracy Bickley

Dogs are Alone Too and They Live!





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