Enter the private world of Mrs Maud Russell, former owner of country retreat Mottisfont, during the decadent 1930s.
Through film, audio, projection and live performance – discover what it would have been like to attend one of Mrs Russell’s infamous weekend soirees at her glorious Romsey retreat. With anyone who is anyone from the world of art, literature, politics and aristocracy in attendance – Mottisfont was, and is, the place to be.
Presented by ShadyJane, associate artists at The Point, Eastleigh, Maud’s Mottisfont will be presented as part of the National Trust’s Museum’s Night programme, Mottisfont’s event A Night at the Russells.
The piece was created following an artist residency at the beautiful National Trust house and focuses upon ex-Mottisfont resident and artist-muse Maud Russell. It uses the structure and cultural history of Mottisfont to create a unique theatrical experience within the house itself.
Maud was a fascinating character and although quite the celebrity in her day, famous for her string of affairs (including James Bond creator Ian Fleming) and her unorthodox pets (including a crocodile), history has recorded little about her.
major part of the creation of this piece was the collection of oral histories from the local community and Mottisfont staff to piece together a picture of Maud’s time there. Where better to tell her story than in the house in which she lived.
ShadyJane presents Maud’s Mottisfont at Mottisfont, near Romsey, on Saturday May 19, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets ar £8 adults; £4.50 child. To book call 01794 340757.