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Playing Kate:

PhD Practice

The PhD PaR project has focused on repli-Kating key moments in the public maternal transformation of Kate Middleton to new mother. The practice as research examines the first three post birth appearances of the Duchess; when she leaves the hospital (2013), when she is spotted post-birth at the supermarket (2013) and the release of the first official family portrait, taken in the Middleton family back garden. (2013)

Photo credit: Zoe Manders
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Playing Kate:
Outside the Hospital

Playing Kate: Outside the Hospital (2017)

The PaR explored my own messy, invisible attempt to transform into Kate through my performative repli-Kating of Kate as new mother outside the Lindo Wing (2013). The PaR was made in two parts, leaving St Richards NHS hospital with my new born and returning a few weeks later to perform my Repli-Kation. The images were published in Maternal Art Magazine (2020) and All4Maternity Blog, Birth, Art and Culture (2018). Click on this project to see the images and video documentation.

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Photo credit: Zoe Manders
Playing Kate: Red Carpet (outside the venue)

Playing Kate: (Outside the Venue) (2019)

The PaR was performed at Motherworks (2019) festival at Cambridge Junction. The research and performance developed the initial ideas from Playing Kate:Outside the Hospital (2013) for an invited theatre audience and impromptu passers-bys. The performance took place in the rain outside of the building, audience stepped over me into the building, watched through the glass window and took selfies from across the street. Click on this project to see the images and documentation.

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Playing Kate:
Her Royal Pie-ness

Playing Kate: Her Royal Pie-ness (2018)

The PaR examined the first unofficial appearance of Kate post birth at the supermarket. (2013) The PaR was made at my local supermarket, my mum's house in Croydon and in my rented house in Chichester over a period in 2018. The performances were for camera and passersby. The video work was shown at Digesting Ritual: Food, waste and the body a multi-disciplinary seminar, ritual and banquet at GSA, University of Sussex (2018) Click on this project to see the images and video documentation.

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Photo credit: Zoe Manders
Playing Kate: Her Royal
Pie-ness (Dishing Up)

Playing Kate: Her Royal Pie-ness (Dising Up) (2019)

The PaR was performed at Motherworks Festival at Cambridge Junction (2019). The research and performance developed the initial ideas from Playing Kate: Her Royal Pie-ness (2018) for audience at the festival. The performance took place in the foyer in the break between theatre shows. Click on this project to see the images and documentation from Motherworks Festival.

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Photo credit: Zoe Manders
Playing Kate: In the Garden

Playing Kate: In the Garden (2019 - ongoing)

The PaR examined the third sighting of Kate in the Middleton Family Garden in the official family photo released by Kensington Palace of the new mother (2013). Early research and development and performative interventions were developed for Motherworks Festival at Cambridge Junction (2019). Click on this project to see the images and documentation from Motherworks Festival.