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‘Written Portraits’  poetry residency. Launch and book in 2020.

Associate artist on ‘People Like You’ – a research study on personalisation in NHS led by Goldsmiths, Imperial and Warwick Universities, funded by Wellcome Trust.
‘The purpose of Di Sherlock’s poetry residency is to understand how visitors to Maggie’s West London and hospital staff at Charing Cross discuss their experiences and express their identities in individual/group conversations. Her poetic practice involves conversations that result in ‘Written Portraits’. The ‘portraits’ are transactional – they are gifted back, discussed with participants and where appropriate the poem reworked until all sides are happy. Through this process we are interested in understanding the wider contexts of care, medicine, and participation.’

Mary’s Hand – Chamber Opera on the life of Queen Mary I – ‘Bloody’ Mary. Composer Martin Bussey,  Mezzo Clare McCaldin for McCaldin Arts.

I am the one you do not like’.

https://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/event/marys-hand/

The Ubiquitous Woman – Music Theatre Show on on Sex, Love and Digital Tech.  In development with New Notes and Noises. and composer Martin Ward.

Di (left) and Clare (right) in rehearsal


Odyssey – a retelling of Homer from the female perspective. The women who encounter the charismatic war veteran on his epic return home and the women he left behind tell their story. Athena, lawyer, presents Odysseus’ Testimony to which the women respond with their own version of events. Odysseus’ Testimony and Chorus pieces use extracts from Homer, the female narrative is contemporary looking at the landscape of war as experienced by women who are affected by conflict or are themselves conflicted.

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Written Portraits – Diep-Haven Festival.

Di creates portraits in poetry from the stories people have to tell. Engaging with a small group in open conversation, she writes a poem for each person inspired by their story and gives it back to them. Here the written portraits are inspired by the staff of Glyndebourne.

http://www.glyndebourne.com/education/take-part/lifelong-learning/diep-haven/


Miss Havisham’s Expectations with Linda Marlowe – Trafalgar Studios (One Spirit Productions.) Previously Edinburgh Festival (Seabright Prods)

Services No Longer Required – for BBC Philharmonic, composer Richard Taylor. Site specific Imperial War Museum North, live broadcast Radio Manchester, part of BBC’s WW1 commemorations. Parts 1 &2:


Songs from the Bridgewater Canal for BBC Philharmonic, Lowry Theatre, composer Fraser Trainer.


Salford Tales for BBC Philharmonic, Bridgewater Hall and MediaCity UK, with Matthew Barley, broadcast Radio 3 & Radio Manchester.


Who Killed Ramona Rhapsody? – a Musical Murder Mystery. Commissioned by BBC Philharmonic – Schools tour, adapted for BBC Radio 3, subsequently translated into Dutch and German.


OMG! Ovid Unplugged – all girl music theatre for Youth Music Theatre UK, composer William Morris, Square Chapel Theatre Halifax.


Liz and Di – directed by Anna Birch, Cochrane Theatre and short film produced by Fragments & Monuments in association with The London School of Fashion.


Inferno – commissioned by Birmingham University.


Elizabeth the Virgin Queen for City of London Festival – performed by Di with the Choir of the Chapels Royal


This Is Hell – Get Me Outta Here! – musical adaptation of Dante’s ‘Inferno’, New Music Festival at The Rosemary Branch Islington, MD James Young.


Not The Canterbury Tales – produced by Hot Tin Roof Drama Project at The Rosemary Branch


Snow Queen @Virtual World – produced by Hot Tin Roof Drama Project at Union Chapel Islington


Japanese Ghost Stories – City Of London Festival (co deviser)