22nd October, 8pm
MAC link: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-magnetic-diaries
‘The Magnetic Diaries’ is an innovative reworking of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in a contemporary English setting, by Forward Prize highly-commended poet Sarah James of Droitwich. The troubled, adulterous heroine, Emma Bailey, battles with romantic idealism, illusions about love, a stifling middle-class lifestyle, boredom and depression; pushing her life and marriage to the brink.
In a year when nearly 1 in 4 English women (24%) report having had depression and while wide misunderstanding still fuels stigma and prejudice, Reaction Theatre Makers’ new show takes a fresh and compelling approach.
‘Highly Recommended’ by critics at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, ‘The Magnetic Diaries’ was described as “intensely moving” and the poetry as “divine. Rich, complex, visual, flowing and tumbling out with power and aliveness…” One reviewer wrote that the piece ‘‘shows how wondrous and creative life can be despite living with depression…”
Moving lyrical fragments, crafted poems from Emma’s diary, the warm prose of her husband’s voice and cool rationality of her doctor’s - together with subtle physical language and Joanna Karselis' compelling musical score conspire to make this solo show an immersive experience.
Thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, the atmospherically charged production, completes its national tour in Birmingham and London in October.
‘The Magnetic Diaries’ is playing at the Birmingham mac, on Saturday 22nd October, 8pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concs) are available from the Box Office on 0121 446 3232 or at www.macbirmingham.co.uk