Shoreham Wordfest: Lee Miller – The Angel & The Fiend
A dramatised reading with images.
“I was terribly, terribly pretty. I looked like an angel but was a fiend inside.”
Written and performed by her son, Antony Penrose, this moving performance tells the story of how Lee Miller courageously shaped life to suit her own bold ideals. She triumphed in an age when few women had careers, becoming a distinguished photographer and war correspondent. Her life in Sussex with painter Roland Penrose placed them at the centre of a network of artists. However, her glamorous life masked an inner torment.
Told through dialogue assembled from letters, manuscripts and remembered conversations, the drama brings the voice of Lee Miller directly to the audience, conveyed by her granddaughter Ami Bouhassane. Set against a backdrop of her photographs and other images of her life.
This show links to an exhibition at the Skyway Gallery (Shoreham Centre) throughout Shoreham Wordfest, plus a special tour of Farley Farm on Thursday 19th October.