Part 1. Black Sequin Dress:
A woman in a black sequin dress leaves the children for the evening and goes to a nightclub. The play begins. The woman arrives at the nightclub. She walks across the shiny floor. In a moment of indecision she glances back, slips and falls. The waiter helps her up, walks her to a table and gets her a drink. The premise that any ordinary action has extraordinary resonances is explored. The nightclub becomes the underworld and falling synonymous with her psychic state. We watch as memory, desire, dream, fantasy and myth serve to animate the descent into the underworld and her subsequent ascent.
Black Sequin Dress is an investigation into the psyche and its ability to function creatively. As you walk down the street you see the ‘everyday’ world but feel aware of an ‘inner world’ the work attempts a dialogue with this disjunction.
Part 2. Remember
A young woman has been raped and believes she has killed her assailant. Remember follows her journey of recovery as she lies in a hospital bed. We watch as memory, dream, imagination and courage work to heal her damaged self. Remember confronts what has happened not by focusing on the act itself or a court-case but by looking at what happens in the woman herself when she is left alone after the event.
Part 3. Interview with Jenny Kemp, Writer and Artistic Director about the making of The Black Sequin Dress. A rare insight in the creative process of directing, this is a 9 minute documentary filmed during the rehearsal of The Black Sequin Dress. It includes rehearsal and production footage and an interview with actor Margaret Mills as well as the director/writer Jenny Kemp. Footage from Imagine Copyright 1996 SBS Corporation courtesy SBS International.