Porcelain tea cup
10 cards & envelopes
Thank you to everyone
who came to the play in the magnificent Universal Hall at Findhorn in December.
It appeared to 'go off'!! It's a little dream-like now, but luckily I grabbed my camera and caught this footage.
Eternal gratitude to you & everyone who made it possible.
I now have a professional video of the production if you'd like to view it that way (just email me) however it is definitely best experienced in the flesh.... hopefully in London in the near future.
THANK YOU AGAIN DEAR COMMUNITY.
Your response was completely mind-blowing.
Sam, Ella, Tim, John and the team.
"Breathe" water bottle
Enough Already Mug
Adaptation: Enough Already
Inspired by the work of Gabor Maté, Nkem Ndefo & others, this is a play for women who do too much and the men who love them. It's a reminder that it's never too late to get in touch with our deeper desires, our repressed intuition and the creative wellspring that resides in all of us... and that doing so may just save us from getting sick. The play asks why women account for 70-80% of autoimmune diseases and questions the relationship between emotions, the roles we're given in life and our mental and physical health.
We explore our attachment to old patterns and outdated mental models that, in the ragged spaces between earning money and the demanding monotony of family life, argue with the growing inner need for authenticity and self-expression. The latter are stymied at every turn by convention and social norms and we see the protagonist wrestling with her desire to break free of these constraints, in the quest for a more meaningful life - and perhaps even a saner world.
Written, produced and performed by Samantha Graham
Original music written by Ella Sabine Mehlberg & Dave Till
Originals & covers performed by Ella Sabine Mehlberg
With Caroline Truslove on bass and Amalie Brown on drums
Immersive projection by John McGeoch
Resolume, sound and lights by Tim Flood and Lizzi Pearce
Sound engineering by Darren McGhin
Original artwork by Deborah Brill
Directorial input Hannah Calascione
With thanks to Peter Vallance, Shirley Barr & Ursula Pfahler at Universal Hall and all at the wonderful Ecovillage Findhorn community.
The Journey of Adaptation So Far
First draft "script" created February 19th 2023
Edinburgh Fringe August 14th - 26th 2023
December 1st 2023, Universal Hall, Findhorn Ecovillage
Something possessed me and the play started writing itself between 4-7am most mornings, as well as on trains all across Scotland, particularly on the east coast line, something you will see in the play itself... hard to explain what came over me, but I reached out to Ella, the brilliant musician, Tim the fabulous sound and lighting guy, and John the amazing projectionist and something viable appeared to emerge, despite complete lack of experience in writing, acting or producing.
Oh my God, we're in Edinburgh. What???? Thank God for Nick and Megan and all the crew at the house in Albert Terrace who made the madness of an Edinburgh Fringe completely glorious! What a time-stopping experience being a part of the craziness but with a home base to come back to that was just a haven of "welcome".
Phew! We were overjoyed by the community's response to the play - a standing ovation that took us all by surprise!
What Next for Adaptation?
What might 2024 look like for the play...
International Women's Day is fast approaching, March 8th 2024
By December 2024... how many people might have experienced it.... let's see what happens next!?
Could it be performed regularly in London (since we're here for a bit), Edinburgh or Glasgow as part of the Equity, Diversion and Inclusion movement, bringing a heartfelt, below-the-defences way in to the conversations we most need to have.
Once you've seen the play, I'd love to hear from you as to what you think might be its path forward, out into the world. God knows we need to be doing things differently, whether it's how we do DEI, or how we educate our teenagers about what's ahead for them. Or is it about explaining the impact of social norms on women's health in ways that can lead to unusual conversations that take us to entirely undreamt of outcomes, those that skip the box-ticking and move us towards better ways of being together.
And so we've performed the play in the north of Scotland and now I'm aiming to take it to London for IWD. I'm looking for corporate partners and sponsors - Boody!!! - who like to do things differently and want to see an impact made with their name attached to it. If you know anyone in the London HR scene please be in touch! Thank you. Sam.