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START DATE: April 4, 2017
END DATE: April 29, 2017
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, 39 Wells Way, London, SE5 0PX
The Hearing Trumpet 

Dirty Market present

The Hearing Trumpet

based on the novel by Leonora Carrington

Supported by Theatre Delicatessen

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Dirty Market are taking over Theatre Delicatessen’s Old Library in Burgess Park with a radical theatre adaptation of Surrealist Leonora Carrington’s novel The Hearing Trumpet. With live music and animation, ancient monsters and psychoanalysts, join Dirty Market on a weird and wonderful journey through The Old Library for a joyful celebration of outcasts and rebels.

Opening on Carrington’s centenary, 6 April 2017, we meet 92-year old Marian who is deaf and lost in her memories. Dumped in a sinister care home, Marian finds herself amongst a band of rebellious elderly inmates. With live music and animation, ancient monsters and psychoanalysts, join Dirty Market on a weird and wonderful journey through The Old Library for a celebration of outcasts and rebels.

Dirty Market’s The Hearing Trumpet is the UK’s first major theatre adaptation of Carrington’s work; known for her paintings inspired by myth, female sexuality, and autobiography.

Dirty Market are a theatre company who make innovative performances out of stuff that’s normally thrown away. Known for their distinctive DIY aesthetic and unique bricolage creative approach, Dirty Market often make work in non-theatre buildings. The imaginative ensemble behind Bacchaefull (Time Out Critic’s choice), Dirty Market’s productions transform spaces and take audiences on surprising, visceral journeys.


Sat 22 April – Post show talk with Joanna Moorhead, author of The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

Join us for a post-show conversation with Joanna Moorhead

Joanna Moorhead is a journalist who writes mostly for the Guardian, and mostly about family life.  In 2006 she discovered that an extraordinary story lay hidden in her own family: the story of the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, who she went on to befriend and spend time with in the last five years of her life in Mexico.

Wed 26 April – Post-show Q&A – Creativity, ageing and well-being
A conversation about groundbreaking work in the arts for older people with mental health problems. We’ll be joined by:
Professor Victoria Tischler, Professor of Arts and Health and Head of Dementia Care Centre at the University of West London.
David McDonagh from Flourishing Lives, a coalition aiming to transform the older people’s wellbeing sector.
Victoria and David will be joined by a representative from SLAM, Kings Mental Health in Older Adults. The group are based in South London and provide world-leading services for older people with mental health problems.

We recommend this article as a good starting point!


We are also delighted to have three wonderful books available to buy at The Old Library:

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead

The extraordinary story of Leonora Carrington’s life as told by her cousin Joanna Moorhead. Published by Virago. Publication date: 6 April

The Debutante and Other Stories by Leonora Carrington

The first complete edition of Leonora Carrington’s short stories from the new feminist publisher Silver Press. Publication date: 6 April

… and of course The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington — the novel that started it all!


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