May 11, 2017
The RSL is taking bookings from Members and Fellows only. Public tickets, £8/£7, can be booked through www.npg.org.uk or 020 7306 0055.
‘Man is least himself when he talks in his own person,’ wrote Oscar Wilde. ‘Give him a mask and he will tell the truth.’ During the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition ‘Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: behind the mask, another mask’ the RSL co-hosts a discussion about how masks can both hide and reveal. Novelist and critic Diran Adebayo has long been interested in the ‘performance’ of race in multicultural societies. Jay Griffiths’ novel, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, is inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo, a lifelong collector of masks. John Wright is co-founder of Trestle Theatre Company, the first ‘home-grown’ mask theatre company to develop a popular style of visual theatre. In a conversation chaired by poet and novelist John Burnside, they reflect on how masks allow us to fulfil personal fantasies, to enact dramatic refusals of societal limitations and inequalities, and to assert forgotten kinships with the natural world.
This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
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