The people who have the chance to speak aren’t always the people who have things to say. And the people who have things to say don’t always have the chance to speak. Imelda is a baglady. She has learned not to believe the first thing she sees. And not to accept the first thing she hears. She shows with great humour that like her many layers of coats, stories have many layers of meaning. Nevilla just shuts up. He shuts up doors. He shuts up buildings. He tries to shut up Imelda.
Bag Dancing was a performance piece for young people that explored themes such as persecution, refugees, lying, labels madness and the meaning of stories.
You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.
Actor/teacher, Sandra Vacciana was in Half Moon Theatre’s young people’s company in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She talks about the roduction of Bag Dancing, which explored the theme of homelessness. Interviewed by Rosie Vincent.
Norman Goodman was the Education Worker at Half Moon Young People’s Theatre from 1985 to 1989. He talks about Bag Dancing and how two very good performers could completely hold an audience. Interviewed by Beccy Allen.