Photo by Daniel Barnett
How am I supposed to know how I am doing when the world I live in has lost its mind?!
Period Drama by Olga Kaleta (with integrated BSL by Sherrie Eugene Hart) is a surreal, episodic outdoor show about mental health, identity & recovery that mixes autobiographical storytelling with circus & bold physicality. Exploring personal experiences of chronic anxiety in a world where fear is starting to look like common sense, Period Drama offers a deep dive into the question of wellness through a feminist lens, via slasher flicks, bloody knickers & suicidal insects. Combining dark humour, aerial rope, lip sync & physical comedy, this poignant, beautiful & laugh out loud performance challenges ideas of who we are & what we are meant to become.
Written by Olga Kaleta
Performed by Olga Kaleta and Sherrie Eugene-Hart
Directed by Laura Murphy with Nicole A’Court-Stuart
Creative Producer: Nicole A’Court-Stuart
Visual Artist: Susie Olczak
BSL interpretation: Sherrie Eugene- Hart
BSL creative consultant: DL Williams
Associate Director : Kyla Goodey
Special Thanks to: Bianca Bertalot Farr, Ashley John Long and Paul Evans
Period Drama is a Handstand Arts commission for Circus City’s Respond Programme and has been created with support from Arts Council England and those who play the national lottery, following the initial R&D funded by Arts Council Wales.
After packed preview performances at Circus City 2021, Period Drama is in the final stages of development.
Follow the show's developments on Instagram @Olga_Ina_Morati and #PeriodDramaProject
“Olga’s dry humour and existential musings are gut wrenching-ly relatable.”
Ruby Burgess- Not My Monkeys Podcast
“Period Drama got me fighting a knot in my throat whilst making me laugh throughout the whole show. Bloody excellent!”
Oana - Audience Member
"Period Drama has potential to bring a new dimension to outdoor arts festivals and venues, a skilful and surprising juxtaposition of circus, physical theatre, comedy and live art, offering a refreshingly honest and personable perspective on themes never more relevant than now."
Orit Azaz - Independent artistic director, theatre maker and facilitator