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The Emily Triptych

  • The Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2JL United Kingdom (map)

The Emily Triptych is a translation into drama of something drama often overlooks: the stillness and silence from which great thoughts proceed, and with them, great words. It is an opening up of deep introspection – its language, its patterns, its idiosyncratic beauty – to the external eye. It is an effort to create an atmosphere in which Emily’s thought, and her poems, can live.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) spent most of her adult life in extreme isolation. Yet this isolation gave birth to over a thousand poems, many of them the best our language has to offer. From the bedroom, kitchen, corridors of her Amherst house, she loved, and philosophised, and questioned God with a voice that is both familiar and alienating. Domestic and cosmic. Feminine, rebellious, and strange.

Our project meets her at three points in her day: morning, noon, and night. One cycle of the Triptych takes place over an entire day, and consists of three one-hour segments - of which audience members choose one to attend. It is performed in a white room with windows, and lit by the light of the world outside.


Text by Emily Dickinson, adapted by Charlotte Day and Miranda McCauley

Performed by Miranda McCauley

Directed by Charlotte Day

Designed by Amanda B. Friedman


Earlier Event: July 23
The Emily Triptych