This Imaginary Woman

Wed 12 Mar 2003 to Sun 25 Apr 2004

“If you've ever felt the bitter bite of loss, this can't fail to move you.” NME

A devastating personal testimony of bitter loss and tender memory. An exquisite black dress, beautiful live music and an astonishing performance in an ice-white space awash with colour and light. This haunting cabaret opens the throttle on honesty, pain and emotion.

This Imaginary Woman is a powerful and passionate show: a journey from loss and mourning to resolution and acceptance. It is a haunting celebration of someone who wasn’t famous or important to most of us, but who lived, died and left people behind. 

Fern Smith, a charismatic and commanding performer, and Patrick Fitzgerald, formerly of acclaimed band Kitchens of Distinction, have come together to create a remarkable piece of music theatre that is candid and moving in its intensity.

“You really should try to experience this amazing show. It will last in the memory long after the final performance.” Belfast Telegraph


Performed by Fern Smith and Patrick Fitzgerald

Written by Fern Smith

Original Music by Patrick Fitzgerald

Lighting and Design by Andrew Jones

Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre

Performed at Underbelly in Edinburgh Fringe 2003. Toured the UK, Ireland and Malta.

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