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Deptford Old Police Station 31st August 2013 A Visual Document By Claire Stone


“I wa s kind of sta rting to look forwa rd to your visits [ La ughter “Oh rea lly?”] I wa s sta rting to like look a t the door [ “Is she coming ba ck?” …] ”


“… there was a beautiful river cutting its way through the hillside – and I wanted to touch it, so I would climb in, and the current would take hold of me and carry me racing along like I was in Cool Runnings, until we’d hit a bend I couldn’t hold onto and I’d come out of the water, flying for miles through the air until I’d come crashing down over a barbed wire fence somewhere far off on the hill…”


“…I couldn’t help but go in again…”


“Getting back to the … It just felt incredibly private for me, in some ways I felt, like when I came out and sat down here and then I saw the four plants up on the side […] the realisation kind of kicked in that actually you’d all been through the same thing … it at first felt like a betrayal of the experience […] it kind of felt very personal” [“It’s like ‘They got a plant too?!’”]


“Reasons for Admission Intemperance and business trouble / dissolute habits kicked in the head by a horse / domestic affliction / hereditary predisposition / ill treatment by husband dropsy / imaginary female trouble / egotism / hysteria / epileptic / fits immoral life / excessive sexual abuse / imprisonment excitement as officer jealousy and religion exposure / and hereditary laziness exposure / and quackery marriage of a son exposure / in army masturbation / and syphilis fever / and jealousy masturbation for thirty years / fighting fire medicine to prevent conception / suppressed masturbation / menstrual deranged suppression of menses / mental exciting / the war / novel reading / time of life nymphomania / uterine derangement / opium habit / venereal excesses over action of the mind / vicious vices over study of religion / women tro…”


“What is the one thing, the last thing you would ever do to escape?

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What would it take for you to do it? And do you know what it would take from you, once you had?�

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‘What’s the impulse behind art? It’s saying in whatever language is the language of your work, “If I could move you as much as it moved me … if I can move anyone a tenth as much as that moved me, if I can spark the same sense of mystery and awe and surprise as that sparked in me, well that’s why I do what I do.”’


“I Only Came to Use the Phone” an audio adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story, performed at Deptford Old Police Station.

A graduate performance from RCSSD’s MA in Advanced Theatre Practice.

Directed & Designed by Claire Stone Performed by Emma Lawson Featuring the voices of: Dana Etgar Martin Bishop Alexei Vergara Justina Kaminskaite With special thanks to (wo)man-witha-van, Catherine Connell. Photography by Claire Stone

"I Only Came to Use the Phone"  

A Visual Document of the performance. Photography & Design by Claire Stone.

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