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The Scapegoat by Deborah Freeman

the-scapegoat-1856Sisters. Art. Zionism. And of course – a goat.

Rehearsed reading. Sunday 17th Feb 2013, 2.30pm. Jewish Museum, Camden Town, London.

This new play is inspired by the life and ideas of pre-Raphaelite artist and Christian Zionist, William Holman Hunt. A contemporary tale of two sisters, it is set across the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries, with scenes set in and around several of Hunt`s iconic paintings.

Originally commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery, The Scapegoat was recently read at Tate Britain, in the  ‘Late at Tate’ series  – December 2012.

Playwright: Deborah Freeman The Song of Deborah (The Lowry Centre, Lion & Unicorn, Cockpit Theatre), Candlesticks (Studio Theatre RNCM, Manchester, Lion & Unicorn,) Footprints, (Manchester Jewish Museum,) Xanthippe (Brockley Jack) and FAT (BBC Radio 4). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review and other journals, and stories in the magazine Stand.

Director:  Tik-sho-ret’s Artistic Director Ariella Eshed. Married to The Game (Theatre 503), Mum, Me (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Mythical Melting Pot (The King’s Head), Ya’akobi and Leidental (The New End, Soho Studio, Oval House) and Crocodile Seeking Refuge (The Lyric Hammersmith).

The writer and director will welcome audience feedback.

Listings:   When: 17 February 2013 at 2.30 pm

Where: The Jewish Museum | Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB

Tickets: £8 (including free entry to the Museum galleries)

Booking: 020 7284 7384 | admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Contacts:             Deborah Freeman  |  deborahfreeman1@aol.com  |  07890 544127

Ariella Eshed  |  info@tik-sho-ret.co.uk  |  07961 345 736

Keziah Warner  |  keziahwarner@gmail.com  |  07564 212 701

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#PRBDay celebrates the Pre-Raphaelites!

The Pre-Raphaelite Society has taken to social media, with a blog, facebook page and a twitter account in addition to our website. Our twitter account has a growing number of followers (448 at last count), including some organisations such as art galleries and other societies, and academics, writers, art historians, curators as well as interested members of the public and members of the PRS. So I decided to go one step further, and celebrate the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood on twitter, using the hashtag #PRBDay. I asked people to vote for their favourite painting on Saturday 8th September, and all day I registered the votes whilst tweeting facts, quotes and links about the PRB. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, or how many people would participate, but I was pleasantly surprised. Our followers retweeted the announcements, and thoroughly joined in. We had fantastic support from BMAG and Tate, Manchester Art Gallery and the Journal of Victorian Culture, among others; the Tate even wrote a blog post to celebrate!

Other blogs and websites joined in and you can read their posts about #PRBDay here: Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood; Verity Holloway; Artistic Dress; The Kissed Mouth (please let me know if there are any I’ve missed!) We posted a new poem by our poet-in-residence, Sarah Doyle, onto our website. All day, alongside the voting, I tweeted links, facts and quotes of Pre-Raphaelite interest, and enjoyed the conversation. We had book recommendations, links to Pre-Raphaelite pictures and also to people’s original art; we also asked which paintings people didn’t like: nominations included Sandys’s Medea, Millais’s The Awakening Conscience and Hunt’s The Scapegoat. (Quote of the day here must go to Stephanie Piña: ‘I feel as if the goat is summing me up and does not like what he sees’.)

I’m amazed and delighted by how much support the PRS got, and can’t thank enough those people who joined in, retweeted, voted and helped to make #PRBDay a success. We had 159 votes spread across 63 paintings. Of course, what everyone wanted to know was: which painting won? The answer is … in third place, Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott; in second place, Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix, and in first place, Millais’s Ophelia (the Tate’s bestselling postcard). Interestingly, though, in terms of the votes received by individual artists, Rossetti was way ahead, followed at a distance by Millais and then Waterhouse. So of the top three, two featured Elizabeth Siddal – and all three a woman with red hair. (The top paintings are rather different from the ones chosen by Stephen Wildman in the Guardian a couple of years ago).

A huge range of paintings were voted for, so I have done a list of the top 10, plus a graph of the most popular artists. A complete list of all the paintings voted for, together with all the tweets using the #PRBDay hashtag (it’s quite long!) will be posted on the PRS website (sorry, can’t append it to a blog post). More than anything, this long list of paintings, plus the enthusiasm of the voters, shows the popularity of the PRB and the number of paintings which are still really popular today. Disappointingly, though, there was only one vote for a female artist (Elizabeth Siddal). If you have a desire for further information on the votes, statistics etc, please comment and I will do my best to answer your question!

The top 20 paintings voted for were, in order:

  1. Ophelia
  2. Beata Beatrix
  3. Lady of Shalott
  4. Proserpine
  5. Beguiling of Merlin
  6. Work
  7. Astarte Syriaca
  8. Mariana
  9. Lady of Shalott
  10. April Love
  11. Chatterton
  12. Ophelia
  13. Last of England
  14. Isabella and the Pot of Basil
  15. Rossetti Portrait by Hunt
  16. Blessed Damozel
  17. Hireling Shepherd
  18. La Ghirlandata
  19. Long Engagement
  20. Golden Stairs

In terms of votes per artist, the results were:

  1. DGR
  2. Millais
  3. Waterhouse
  4. Hunt
  5. EBJ
  6. FMB
  7. Hughes
  8. Wallis
  9. Brett
  10. Collier


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