Written and performed by Rachel
Directed by Adam Bennett with specialist direction from Joanne Foley
Sound Track by Verbal Vigilante Music
A small scale studio
performance based on research
into the testimonies of heart transplantees & creatively developed
with object play, puppetry and animation.
Immediate Audience Feedback
- "a very moving performance"
"Challenging imagery - superbly presented""Intriguing"
"Strong subjects placed with hard hitting images"
“A generous hearted
performance that portrays a red-blooded
world in miniature with intrigue and humour, poignantly
punctuated with animated characters.”
“Your show was really
cleverly presented and the subject matter
was completely fascinating. You're a charismatic performer. I really
A one woman studio
show performed with shadows, object manipulation, and animation
to tell the true stories of heart transplant patients. An ordinary
suitcase transforms with many extraordinary stories inside. From
research into the collected statements of heart transplantees who
confess the most amazing details in their change of habits, gender
and attitudes, even to the extent of the donor's killer being caught!
Rachel Riggs uses objects as symbolic metaphors to tell these tales
in a 50 min live performance red teaser of a piece. With a specially
composed soundtrack & animations, time stops as we connect with
our heartbeat. The heart is explored as an object of extreme emotional
resonance which carries memories into the new body. There are many
personal testimonies of direct experience from transplantees about
the influence of the donor of the heart, sometimes with personality
changes, often food cravings and recalling unrelated memories.
A child can't play with that toy
anymore, but doesn't know why. Fast food speaks of changing from
carnivore to vegetarian. A white man with a black man's heart confronts
Low key animation
tells the story of an 8 year old girl who received the heart of
a 10 year old who had been murdered: the girl had such powerful
nightmares, that she was able to tell the Police exactly what had
happened and who had committed the crime, eventually convicting
Using my professional art form of
puppetry and working with various techniques including object, table
top, stop frame & digital animation, toy theatre and shadow projections.
I create an intimate performance for an adult audience, asking audience
members to participate and pick a card which tells of a heart transplant
This is a miniature performance
to explore the emotional impact of our feelings, as we imagine losing
our heart - and ask ourselves, how can another's very life being
become part of our own?
'In addition to the historical
research that informs her work, Rachel impresses by the breath of
her artistic interpretation, which includes site-specific installations
and animating the past through shadow-plays and film. Her work was
very well received by an appreciative audience' Amanda Draper
- Keeper of Fine Art, Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Performed at theatres, festivals
and art galleries including the Nuffield Theatre, Royal Exchange,
the Green Room - Uk, the Blue Room - Perth and Melbourne Puppetry
Summit, Australia, the World Puppet Carnival 2012, Almaty Kazakhstan
and Fringe World 2013, Australia
Artsflight funding for travel
to Kazakhstan supported by
Art of the Heart, object play from Chantal Oakes 2005-2011 on Vimeo.
||Suitable for adults and young people over 14
||arts centres,festivals, art galleries
||spotlight and sound
"good ideas on display" "bizarre
contemporary theatre" The West Australian