SADIE Jones is a young woman battling to vanish from her own life. As if that wasn't enough, it seems she may take her nearest and dearest with her. The Disappearance Of Sadie Jones, opening at the Queen's Theatre next Wednesday, is a play combining lyricism, language play and poetic physical performance. Using Strindberg's Dream Plays as an inspiration, the action is narrated through the subconscious of Sadie, the protagonist.
Sadie suffers from mental illness, and as the story unfolds we see her lead her sister and boyfriend into the strange landscape of her dreams.
Language and expressionist motifs depict a struggle between the three amid the blending of images from the past, present and an imagined world.
"The play was written from a gut impulse, as a kind of protest," said director Hannah Silva. "I tried to communicate emotions and feelings that can't be expressed in logical, syntactically-correct sentences.
"I want us to see Sadie, from her perspective, from the inside, and to glimpse her understanding of 'disappearance'."
Hannah Silva is a writer whose work often starts from a playful interrogation of language, voice and form. She has performed at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, poetry hearings in Berlin and throughout the UK at festivals including Latitude, the Edinburgh Fringe and Stanza.
Her solo show, Opposition, toured nationally in 2011-12. Hannah has written for Radio 3 and regularly appears on The Verb. Her latest play, Gagged, has been shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights.
The Disappearance Of Sadie Jones is at Studio@QT, Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on Wednesday, October 2, 8pm. Tickets: £12 (full), £9 (NDT member), £6.50 (under 25s). Box office: 01271 324242, www.north devontheatres.org.uk.