As a bird, she haunted him….
This weekend (this was actually in May and I clearly forgot to press publish and have been away for a while!) Strange Beast took over The Booth Museum and created an interactive performance which provided the oppurtunity to encounter The Booth Museum in an exciting and different way.
With laudenum induced women moaning and quoting Keats around you, the stuffed birds were brought to life with a simple torch which was shone onto the cages in the darkened museum.
In the butterfly room you were invited to choose your favourite butterfly or moth as a soundtrack of a female voice whispering the latin names of the various butterflies played.
Based around the tragic life of Pre-Raphaelite model, painter and writer, Elizabeth Sidal
I was slightly apprehensive about going back the Booth Museum, as the last time I was there was about 15 years ago on a school trip, and as with most childhood memories the reality when older is never as good and everything seems to be so much smaller than you remember!
Here is a link to a radio interview with Strange Beast about ‘And No Birds Sing’.
© Patrick Dodds