A Paper-Thin Romance

Ellen Terry, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron

For the LSA’s opening live performance, we will be reading some love letters.

I wish this ink were blacker and my writing bolder. If you have a magnifying glass it will all come out beautifully legible.

A letter is a funny thing. It could allow one of the best respected actors of her day and a playwright and critic who was fast becoming infamous, a chance to open up to one another unbeknownst to the world around them. Intimate and distant; well thought out yet urgent; varyingly tender and professional and brutally honest. Bernard Shaw and Ellen Terry met on only a handful of occasions so as not to taint their paper courtship.

Compiled and directed by Duncan Molloy, drawing from over thirty years of correspondence, this is a delicate love-story, a lasting friendship, a romance worthy of the paper it was written on.

She became a legend in her old age; but of that I have nothing to say; for we did not meet, and, except for a few broken letters, did not write, and she was never old to me.

This will be a one-off performance in the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow on Friday, July 2 at 6.45pm as part of the George Bernard Shaw Summer School & Festival.

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The LSA is dedicated to telling stories about people’s lives, real and imagined, to remind everyone how great life is. It promises never to inspire despair, but only sadness and joy and faith and hope. It believes in the importance of connection and community and sweat and electricity, so by and large it prefers to do things live. It hopes that together we can soothe our souls.

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