Lee Miller: The Angel and The Fiend
Sunday, 15th October 2017
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 formed her 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 put 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.
The Angel and The Fiend is linked to the exhibition at Skyway Gallery throughout Wordfest, and a special tour of Farley Farm on Thursday 19 October.