ANNA CARTERET and STELLA MARIS
POEMS, PROSE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
by REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS and WRITERS IN EXILE
Including work by contributors to CROSSING THE BORDER AND BEND IN THE ROAD, edited by Jennifer Langer – pub. Five Leaves.
The book ‘Crossing the Border’ will be on sale on the night
ANNA CARTERET joined the National Theatre at the Old Vic in 1967 – and appeared in many plays – including Peter Hall’s production of JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN – which opened the new National Theatre. She enjoyed many roles there and in the West End – her favourite being MRS CHEVELEY in Peter Hall’s AN IDEAL HUSBAND – which transferred to Broadway for six months. For the RSC she played Mme de MERTEUILLE IN LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (national tour and Johannesburg) and QUEEN MARGARET in RICHARD III. Her last West End appearance was in Franco Zefirelli’s production of Pirandello’s ABSOLUTELY (PERHAPS). She has also directed 5 plays on the fringe. Her television parts included Inspector Kate Longton in JULIET BRAVO. She also helped to form RAVING BEAUTIES – whose first two shows IN THE PINK and MAKE IT WORK were shown on Channel Four TV. At the ICA she co-founded CENSORED THEATRE who presented plays banned in their own countries for political reasons, the first of which was Ariel Dorfman’s DEATH OF A MAIDEN.
STELLA MARIS worked in repertory in her native Argentina before coming to England in 1979 – when the military junta banned the play in which she was appearing, as subversive.. she stayed with Anna for four years – and has taken part in several plays dealing with political oppression including Francisco Morales’ CHILE LEST WE FORGET, THE PORTAGE OF AH TO ST CHRISTOBAL (dir. John Dexter), MY SONG IS FREE (Monstrous Regiment), FALKLAND SOUND – VOCES DE MALVINAS (dir. Max Stafford Clark, Royal Court and Traverse) and recently THEATRE FOR THE IDENTITY (Arcola), EVERY DAY PALESTINE and SHOCK AND AWE (both with Meeting Ground). In the 80s, Stella spent 3 years doing Popular Theatre with the Landless Movement – Sem Terra – in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Recent film work includes IMAGINING ARGENTINA (dir. Christopher Hampton)..Other films – TRULY MADLY DEEPLY, BAMBINO MIO, HILARY AND JACKY, NELLY’S VERSION – and her recent TV work includes FAMILY (LWT), AWF WIEDERSHEN PET – and DIE KINDER, BETWEEN THE LINES and UNDER THE SUN (dir. Michael Winterbottom)