Joan Eardley: A Private View | Heroica Theatre Company

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Written by Anna Carlisle for the Heroica Theatre Company, ‘Joan Eardley: A Private View’ is a new play based on the life and work of one of Scotland’s most significant 20th century artists. A Glasgow School of Art graduate, Eardley (1921-1963) is best known for her portraits of children playing in the street in the Townhead area of Glasgow and for her landscapes around the northeast Scotland village of Catterline. Artmag was privileged to attend the play’s premiere at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art/Modern Two, which is presenting a retrospective entitled Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place until May 21. Acting in the galleries amid Eardley’s original works, Alexandra Mathie was compelling in the title role, a particularly poignant moment coming when “Joan” spoke of her relationship with the sea, while surrounded by the artist’s turbulent, original seascapes. Directed by Marilyn Imrie, ‘A Private View’ is currently touring UK regional art galleries and arts centres in May and June.

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