Paul Levy talks to Sam Chittenden from Different Theatre about Sary and Clean. “Different Theatre create intimate work with a strong theatricality. Past shows include ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Sary’, and ‘So You Say’”.
In this interview, Sam talks about where her ideas and creative impulses come from and how she makes her theatre.
“A feminist-folk-horror based on the 19th century Sussex tale of ‘Ol’ Sary Weaver’. “They call me witch. A teeth-gnasher. A shape-shifter. When a man says a woman turns into a hare, it means she were too quick for him!” Written by Sam Chittenden, this piece of English Eerie explores themes of female sexuality, ageing and loss as kinds of alchemy.”
“Sam Chittenden’s ‘Clean’ tells the tales of 7 women in the Laundry Hill area of Brighton from 1870-2020. It explores local history, mental illness, abuse, sexuality, suffrage, & sistership. It highlights what has changed – and hasn’t – in 150 years. With original live music, ‘Clean’ is staged in what was once a drying field of the Mayo Laundry.