Magnetic Diaries Play

I really recommend seeing this astonishing play. It is an incredible, intense performance that discusses depression and the space that creates within a marriage. The narrative is told through carefully articulated poems that focus on tiny moments that are illuminated through Sarah James’ highly polished language selection. Each word of this play is honed for precisely the right image. The theatre company and actor produce an emotional, unforgettable experience.

After an amazing performance at the HIVE, as a part of Worcestershire Literary Festival, the play will now be performed at the Market Theatre, Ledbury as part of the 2016 Poetry festival.

“Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. In desperation, she leaves her family behind to embark on a course of pioneering brain therapy, documenting her journey through raw, beautiful poetry.

Based on Sarah James’ poetry collection,which was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2015, the narrative springs to life through subtle physicality and a haunting musical score.

Introspection and the powerful rhythms of poetry reveal that beauty and tenderness can exist even in pain.”

Date: 5th July, 2016

Time: 8.30pm

Ticket Price: £9

Location: Market St, Ledbury HR8 2AQ

More from Sarah James here:

The Magnetic Diaries poetry play: 4th July 2015

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A narrative of love, lust, betrayal and depression, The Magnetic Diaries re-envisages the characters and storyline of Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece Madame Bovary in a modern twenty-first century English, poetry setting. The contemporary heroine, Emma Bailey, battles with romantic idealism, illusions about love, a stifling middle-class lifestyle, boredom and depression.

Moving lyrical fragments and crafted poems reconstructed by fictional researchers from Emma’s diary and treatment notes are set alongside the voices of her doctors and emails from her husband Carl. But will modern medicine save Emma and her marriage in the wake of two affairs?

Written by Sarah James


Vey Straker who plays Emma Bailey