Smudge was produced in 2004 by In Tandem TC. Written by Canadian Alex Bulmer the play was inspired by her journey into blindness and drawn together from the poems and fragments she wrote along the way. For video extracts from the London production go to Smudge Video and for images and information on the exhibition that accompanied it, Still Lights.

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Freddie: Karina Jones
Katherine: Kathryn Akin
The Entity: Heather Richards


Director: Jessica Higgs
: Sophia Lovell Smith
Lighting: Crin Claxton
Sound: Daniel Tomlinson & Jessica Higgs
Movement: Joyce Henderson
Dance: Natalie Slater
Stage Manager: Joni Carter

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An audio-description for the production was developed by Alex Bulmer with Willie Ellliott and described by Ellen Wilkinson.

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‘Jessica Higgs’ free flying, exquisitely designed production…incorporating circus skills, movement and an almost doppelganger effect…’ The Guardian

‘The stylistic production techniques…are extremely effective.’ The Stage

Time Out Critics’ Choice

Production photos:
Geraint Lewis
Flyer design: Paul Derrick
Flyer image: Michael Achtman

Date: April 2004
Venue: Ovalhouse
Funding: Arts Council London, Orange Community Awards, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and
supported by Canada House

The original production of Smudge was developed in Toronto with Diane Flacks, Kate Lynch, Alisa Palmer and Sherry Lee Hunter and produced at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto by Nightwood Theatre.

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