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Mapping the Soul

by Lucy Gough(2001)

Opening Night: May 26th 2011

Venue: RAFA Club, Aberystwyth

Photographs J. Finnis

About the Play

About Lucy Gough

Lucy Gough was born in London in 1958 and she spent her early years in Beddgelert before the family settled in Bath where she attended a convent school. She left at 15 without any qualifications and a year later returned to Wales, this time to Fishguard. There she followed an Open University course in Drama and in 1982 moved to Aberystwyth where she graduated with a degree in Drama in 1985. As part of her degree, she wrote a play called Bad Habits Die Hard, about a naughty nun, and started work on the play Joanna, which she finished as part of the MA in Playwriting which she gained from Birmingham University.

She has written several stage plays which have been professionally performed including Catherine Wheel (1991), By a Thread (1992), As to be Naked (1994), Rushes (1995), Stars (1995) and Wolfskin (1997). In 1994 Crossing the Bar was shortlisted for both the John Whiting Award and the BBC Wales Writer of the Year Award, and has recently been translated into Croatian.

She has been commissioned to write a number of plays for the BBC: Our Lady of Shadows, BBC Radio 3 (1994). For BBC Radio 4: Head (1996), The Red Room (1999) (with material from Glyn Hughes), Mermaids (1999) (with material from Marina Warner) and Judith Beheading Holofernes (2000) (with material from Germaine Greer) as well as The Prophetess of Exeter (1997) for the BBC World Service (a version of Joanna.

For the last five years she has been scriptwriting for Mersey TV's teen soap Hollyoaks, and lectures in Radio Drama at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A volume of three of her plays has been published by Seren Books, and two monologues have been published in One Woman, One Voice.

About the Play

Lucy says "I enjoyed the experience of writing for a large cast very much, a rare privilege these days. I had for a long time wanted to write a play based loosely around a medieval morality play and this seemed the ideal opportunity."

Production Notes

As Castaway celebrate our 20th year of performing we venture once again into Lucy Gough's "Mapping the Soul" following our first performance 10 years ago.

Mapping the Soul is a fast-paced and exciting race through the underworld in an energetic and frequently comical quest to discover the meaning of life. A vast array of colourful characters, including Angels, Death and Adam and Eve combine to create a truly fantastic world where just about anything can happen. Laced with dark humour and accompanies by a crunching soundtrack from a live band, this promises to be an exhilarating piece of theatre.

A few words from the Director
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As part of our twentieth anniversary celebrations we are delighted to revive Lucy's play which was specially commissioned for us in 2001. It seemed fitting that ten years on, Mapping the Soul would be the perfect piece for our spring production. It is also very exciting to have Lucy's son, Oliver Morris, on board with his band to provide the musical backdrop for this evening's performance.

As part of Aberystwyth Arts Centre's community arts facility for drama, Castaway are forever looking to experiment and explore artistic innovations. Therefore, we decided that this performance would be site-specific, and so we are also delighted to contribute to the revival of the fortunes of the RAFA club with the hope that further productions may be staged here in the future.

May we extend our sincere thanks to Richard Griffiths and all the staff here at the RAFA club and we hope that the existence of this historic club will continue long into the future.

Also, we would like to thank Lucy for her kind permission for us to perform her exciting and truly original exploration of the search for the human soul. Special thanks also go to Richard Hull and Norma Izon for the provision of props, and Dave Mitchell for technical support.

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Gravedigger/Wolfpacker Alem Misan Ali-Yousif Hassan al-Khamiri
Gravedigger/Wolfpacker Sean Barker
Fellswoop Lindsay Blumfield
Soul David Blumfield
Bone/Siren/Chorus Lisa Bornscheuer
Adam Matt Christmas
Anatomist Caroline Clark
Chorus Karin Davies
God/Skullcoat Jim Finnis
Sinew/Siren/Chorus Gemma Fishpool
Underlife Alex Gilbey
Sineater/Chorus Heather Giles
Sineater/Chorus Anne Hayes
Sineater Catrin Fflûr Huws
Shadow Rhys Kelly
Hanged Man/Beggar Mark Kemp
Flesh/Siren/Chorus Lisa Lewis
Death/Beggar Nick Martin
Beauty/Chorus Georgie Martin
Eve Julie McNicholls
Anatomist's Assistant/Beggar Darren O'Connell
Guitar and Bass Oliver Morris
Keyboard John Sylvester
Drums Gareth Williams
Director David Blumfield
Wardrobe Caroline Clark
Set Design Duncan Gough
Stage Manager Katie Groves-Bond
Light Board Operator Katie Groves-Bond
Assistant Director Julie McNicholls
Assistant Stage Manager Chelsea Rees
Assistant Stage Manager Colette Williams
Fight Coordinator Paul Ditch
Technician Iestyn Griffiths