Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Vale Margaret Cameron

I am saddened to receive the news that Margaret Cameron has left us. This message came from La Mama today:

"Vale Margaret Cameron, a beloved member of our La Mama community since 1975.
"Actor of extraordinary talent and daring; creator of ground-breaking new work; a truly independent artist who was an inspiration to us all; also a dedicated teacher, a great collaborator and true team player. A valued friend to many, a loving mother and magnificent cook and home-maker.

" Her memory is treasured. She will be sorely missed."

To celebrate her wonderfully idiosyncratic work and character, I have put links to several of my reviews of her work and part of the review of Opera For a Small Mammal that I reviewed last year.

Opera For A Small Mammal, Dec 4, 2013 ****
Written & performed by Margaret Cameron
Chamber Made & Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye in association with La Mama
La Mama Theatre, Carlton, Dec 4 to Dec 15, 2013
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Margaret Cameron’s performance work is the epitome of eccentricity and defies description – but here goes!

In her solo piece bearing the bizarre title, Opera For A Small Mammal, Cameron introduces herself as Regina Josefine del Mouse, an eloquent, peculiar, mouse-like character who lives in the dusty backstage corners of an opera house like a faded diva.

Cameron is captivating as this elegant, otherworldly creature, with her twitching wobble-headedness, tea-sipping, convoluted word games and absurd, little dances.

Josefine’s shattered persona is both tragic and comical, and her pale tears, absurd distraction and inspired poetic musings are often undercut by puns, wry glances or squeaks as she squeezes little squeakers hidden in her sleeves...continues

So You Think You Can Cow; By Margaret Cameron & David Young
Carlton Courthouse,  March 31 to April 11, 2009
Reviewer: Kate Herbert on March 31, 2009

The Proscenium; Written and performed by Margaret Cameron
Malthouse Theatre
Tower Theatre, Malthouse, Sept 29 to October 9, 2005
Reviewer: Kate Herbert

Bang! A Critical Fiction! Sept 21, 2000; by Margaret Cameron
at La Mama until October 1, 2000
Reviewer: Kate Herbert

I literally just uploaded this to the blog two days ago.   KH

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