The Mistress Account by Pele Cox will be performed by actress, Lou Broadbent. All welcome. Please RSVP to
The title of the exhibition finds its birthplace in Ancient Greece – Symposium, which in its original form created a space for sharing wine, poetry and words. The paintings in the exhibition are nourished by a range of literary influences from ancient mythological forms to modern poetry, and consider the complicit relationship between literary and visual modes of representation.
Thinking about the exhibition as site for exchange & conversation, Catherine Parsonage invites Poet Pele Cox and actress Lou Broadbent to stage Cox’s Sunday Times featured Mistress Account developed collaboratively for this performance
at the British School in Rome in November.
‘He takes me to another hotel
It’s higher, clearer, more beautiful, it is as if
Our affair has been moved to a costlier ocean.’
This sequence of poems describes the intricate details of an affair uniquely from the Mistress’ perspective, giving her voice; this resonates with the female literary protagonists who are dynamically present throughout the exhibition.
Pele Cox After graduating from her Masters in Creative Writing at UEA tutored by Andrew Motion, Pele Cox has since been the Poet in Residence at Tate Modern (2007) and Poet in Residence at the Royal Academy of Arts (2010- 2012). Her three events at the Royal Academy were created specially in response to the exhibitions: ‘David Hockney; A Bigger Picture’, ‘Degas and The Dance’, ‘Vincent Van Gogh -The Man and His Letters’. Her special events ; ‘Vincent and Poetry’, ‘Degas and Poetry’ and ‘Hockney and His Poetic Imagination,’ culminated in a gala event at BAFTA: ‘The Masters’ Room’. She has since been commissioned to create a series of bespoke events at Keats-Shelley House in Rome, as the beginning of the idea around a series of public and private performances in museums around the world. In 2016 she worked with Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory directing them in a special event for John Murray publishing house who sponsored her as the founding Creative writing resident at the British School in Rome in October 2017. Her events and poetry have been featured in The Sunday Times, RA magazine, Tate and London Magazine.
Lou Broadbent
Lou trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes Marie (Outsiders, Pilot Theatre); Lady Macbeth (Young Shakespeare Company); Samara (Keepsake, Old Red Lion Theatre); Lainie (Two Rooms, LAMDA
Linbury Studio). Television includes Land Girls, Atlantis, Holby City & Doctors (BBC); Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Switch (ITV)