“The Shawl”

A change of scenery this week.

Apart from being an artist I’m also an actor, a member of “The International Theatre of Malmö” in the south of Sweden. Our latest production is David Mamet’s “The Shawl”, and I thought I’d take the chance to include a few photos from rehearsals.

The show is now up and running. We’ve had full houses and a very good response.  This has been a great relief for us actors. It’s a very intense play and during rehearsals we really had no idea how it would go down in front of an audience. So it’s wonderful to hear words like “spellbinding” and “amazing” being whispered around the auditorium.

For those of you not familiar with the play, it’s a drama about a small-time psychic (John) who’s persuaded by his male lover (Charles) to try and con a bereaved woman (Miss A) out of her inheritance. It spins around the central question of whether John is a con-man or a genuine psychic. Or both? The production is directed by Etzel Cardena, who apart from being a theatre director, is also professor of parapsychology at Lund University.

Kevin Benn as John, a small time psychic/con-man

Kevin Benn as John, a small time psychic/con-man


Vanessa Poole as the bereaved Miss A.

Vanessa Poole as the bereaved Miss A.

John and his lover, Charles, played by Robin Gott.

John and his partner, Charles, played by Robin Gott.

The Seance

The Seance

The photos were taken by Diego Monsiváis, and you can see more of his beautiful pictures here:


15 thoughts on ““The Shawl”

    1. We have our last performance this afternoon, so you’re going to need a tele-transporter to get here on time. Many thanks for your lovely comment and I’ll pass on your compliments to Diego, the photographer 🙂

    1. Just finished our last performance but we all feel like it’s not ready to be laid to rest yet. So, who knows? Maybe we’ll go on tour and you’ll get a chance to see it, Linnet 🙂

    1. I’ll just invent and assemble a matter-transporter then I’ll get back to you. The photographs are not mine, they’re taken by a very talented Mexican photographer named Diego Monsivais.

  1. Oh! Am most happy for this change up from the norm so we can get another glimpse into the mind/life of our favourite illustrator! Lovely pix….am so glad it’s all gone over so well, but then I have a feeling anything you’re involved in goes that way……

  2. And the crowd goes wild!!
    So did the scam go off without a hitch? Are you and John now in Vegas at the blackjack tables?
    And how did the boys like it?
    I have a shawl just like John’s, although I wear an entirely different one for seance work.

    1. On Wednesday we had an audience of psychology students, professors, psychoanalysts and Mexicans. And the scam went down like a hot, repressed burrito! Actually, putting on a play is a scam in itself, so we pulled it off pretty well 🙂

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