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Feature: Uncorking The Bottle

Lisa Gornick tells us about Drawing On The Bottle

Lisa Gornick’s unique show, Drawing on The Bottle is a mix of live projected drawing, music, comedy and pathos about the seduction of alcohol; the reality of ethanol. Here Lisa tells us what to expect and why this is such a personal show for her.

Drawing on The Bottle – a short guide to ethanol is a new live drawing show which premieres on June 7th and 8th at The Camden Roar, a festival created by the audience of Camden People’s Theatre.

Its real time projected drawing which accompanies me telling tales, memories, insights of my time as a person who drank increasingly to excess in the borough of Camden.

A live drawing show feels like an intimate piece of DIY cinema. I’m sitting at a desk with an ink pen and watercolours and pastels, paper as I speak into a corded microphone, play music and immerse myself in drawing out my show.

I have been doing live drawing shows for about 17 years. They combine all my artistic practices of drawing, performing and filmmaking. They are easy to tour and are quite direct, audience engagement theatre. 

The show follows my journey with alcohol and my desire to say farewell to it. I explore how it became so prevalent in my life. It’s a personal story but tales of addiction are often deeply universal too. I think that’s right. It’s what I experience when I listen to other people explore the pain behind their addictions

This show is probably the most revealing I’ve ever done. Which I hope is a good thing, to explore. I hope it inspires to have a discussion with themselves or others about addiction, or the use of substances to self medicate, or just how we as humans are vulnerable and need connection, gentle acknowledgement.

I’m looking forward to the journey of this live drawing show with audiences. They are the major ingredient to build this show along with me.  I’d love people to connect with me. At the moment it’s best on instagram here, but you can drop me a line here too.

Drawing on the Bottle is part of the Camden Roar, and will be  performed at Camden People’s Theatre from Friday 7th June – Saturday 8th June.

The full Camden Roar programme can be found here.

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