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Emmylou Laird

Narrative Subversions, based on Angela Carter's The Company of Wolves

Narrative Subversions, based on Angela Carter's The Company of Wolves
  • Production: The Company of Wolves
  • Company: MA Costume for Performance
  • Venue: Lilian Baylis Studio
  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • Directed by: Emmylou Laird/Charlotte Vincent
  • Choreography by : Charlotte Vincent
  • Composer : Scott Smith
  • Lighting Design by: Neill Brinkworth
  • Sound Design by: Scott Smith
  • Projection Design by: N/A
  • Costume Design by: Emmylou Laird
  • Set designed by: N/A
  • Scenography by: N/A
  • Photography by: N/A
  • Design © Emmylou Laird
  • Image © Emmylou Laird
For my final MA project I proposed an immersive, perambulatory performance of Angela Carter’s “The Company of Wolves’” based on Red Riding Hood and set within a series of interconnecting rooms where the audience could wander around, watching individual scenes and performances as they happened throughout the location, choosing their own narrative. I proposed giant knitting that was unravelled to reveal a hairy wolf girl, a Grandmother with a dress made of porcelain and an animatronic fox stole, a family who disappeared into the wallpaper and a dress that turns into a tent that turns into a theatre space of it’s own for a dream like puppet performance to take place. This final costume was the one I chose to realise and I produced a piece of theatre in collaboration with choreographer Charlotte Vincent ( and Ieva Kuniskis (, performed at Lilian Baylis studio at Sadler’s Wells in December 2013.