Artist in residence announced

Alumna Elisabeth Gunawan, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, will be doing a short artistic residency in the College in September 2021.

The artistic residency – made possible by the generous contribution of Arts Council England and Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts – was set up to provide a living collaboration between the Goodenough College community and cutting edge contemporary artists in London.

Elisabeth will be using her residency to develop and perform a solo piece of dark comedy, entitled Unforgettable Girl, which tells the story of the life and times of a Thai mail order bride. The piece aims to deconstruct ‘the white gaze’ of our culture and commemorates the secret stories of marginalised women of colour. During her residency Elisabeth will be conducting open rehearsals, delivering port talks on her research into the intersection of anthropology and physical theatre, as well as giving special performances for the College community. The residency will culminate in the London premiere of Unforgettable Girl, running 20-26 September at the Golden Goose Theatre in Camberwell.

Elisabeth says: “This residency is enriching my work as an artist in unprecedented ways – it is allowing me to turn to a whole community and a world of exciting scholars and artists to develop a piece. I’m excited to share my journey with them, and hope that my work as a theatremaker and actor can create small and joyful (and unforgettable) experiences for the College community at this time.”

Image: Photo by Charlie Wood, Elisabeth Gunawan in costume for the first scratch performance of Unforgettable Girl at Bloomsbury Festival 2020.