British Library Artist in Residence 2012

Focus all your attention on me and only me. I am researching hypnotism at the British Library as part of their inaugural Artist in Residence scheme. I will be recording my adventures here. Take a deep breath and count down slowly from ten.....
The 1950’s suave stage hypnotist

The 1950’s suave stage hypnotist

The Victorian Stage Hypnotist

The Victorian Stage Hypnotist

The 1970s glitzy stage hypnotist

The 1970s glitzy stage hypnotist

The flamboyant South American hypnotist from the 1920s

The flamboyant South American hypnotist from the 1920s

And now, the end is near…

…. well, only the end of my residency at the British Library.  It’s been extended a little because of restaging my final event on 25th January.  I am submitting a final report to the Leverhulme Trust who funded the residency for the library and looking back over the people I’ve met this year, the conversations had and the work made.  It is a very lucky thing to have interacted with a big organisation like the British Library and to realise how much my thinking about the new project has moved on.  I will post the final report up here shortly.  For now please circulate the link to the final performance and I will keep the information up to date about the future life of the project (it will rise again soon, in March in fact!)

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event140098.html

Good news.  Because the final event of my Residency is so over-subscribed, there will another performance on 25th January 2013.  It will be on sale in a day or two.  Will post the link here but I hope you will save the date in your diary.

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event134628.html

My event at the Library has been fully subscribed for a while now, but we will be posting much of it online, and there are plans for another showing in the new year.  Let me know if you’d be interested and we will let you know when it’s arranged.

My event at the Library has been fully subscribed for a while now, but we will be posting much of it online, and there are plans for another showing in the new year.  Let me know if you’d be interested and we will let you know when it’s arranged.

New songs!

The extracts from my last British Library show and tell are now posted on the British Library website.  They are three songs from the Singing Hypnotist project and a little sketch about past life regression which is one of my areas of obsession.  Scroll to the bottom of the page on this link (http://www.bl.uk/artistinresidence) and you will see :


  • The Hypnotist’s Hymn
    , written and performed by Christopher Green, recorded at the British Library, 11 September 2012
  • Annie de Montford, written and performed by Christopher Green, recorded at the British Library, 11 September 2012
  • They Refuse to Heal (dedicated to Henry Blythe), written and performed by Christopher Green, recorded at the British Library, 11 September 2012
  • Past-Life Regression Sketch, written and performed by Christopher Green, recorded at the British Library, 11 September 2012.
There are moments when your life and your research perfectly collide and this is one….
I had discovered several references to Mesmeric Tea Parties in my research but this is the best.
…Mesmeric Tea Party; singing, reciting and dancing whilst in a mesmeric state
This sounds exactly my ideal afternoon these days.  Cake, tea, songs, something akin to my beloved 5 Rhythms dance.  Sounds fantastic.
And a “personification” of the Ethiopian Serenaders.  These were black faced minstrels.  More info about them here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_Serenaders
What do you think?  Does “personification” mean an appearance by the real troupe or simply getting mesmerised punters to pretend to be them?
Of course I’m not anticipating inviting people over to black up and sing for me, though it would certainly get the neighbours peering through the nets.
And yes - you guessed it - I am very seriously thinking of setting up Mesmeric Tea Parties.  Now that is experiential theatre at it’s best.  It’s what I excel at.  Maybe a collaboration with Peyton and Byrne at the British Library?  Cupcakes by them, hypnotism by me.  If you want it to happen let me know.  I love the idea of it.

There are moments when your life and your research perfectly collide and this is one….

I had discovered several references to Mesmeric Tea Parties in my research but this is the best.

…Mesmeric Tea Party; singing, reciting and dancing whilst in a mesmeric state

This sounds exactly my ideal afternoon these days.  Cake, tea, songs, something akin to my beloved 5 Rhythms dance.  Sounds fantastic.

And a “personification” of the Ethiopian Serenaders.  These were black faced minstrels.  More info about them here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_Serenaders

What do you think?  Does “personification” mean an appearance by the real troupe or simply getting mesmerised punters to pretend to be them?

Of course I’m not anticipating inviting people over to black up and sing for me, though it would certainly get the neighbours peering through the nets.

And yes - you guessed it - I am very seriously thinking of setting up Mesmeric Tea Parties.  Now that is experiential theatre at it’s best.  It’s what I excel at.  Maybe a collaboration with Peyton and Byrne at the British Library?  Cupcakes by them, hypnotism by me.  If you want it to happen let me know.  I love the idea of it.

This is the front cover of Harley Street Hypnotist by Alan Mitchell (BL shelfmark 7410.s.33). It is actually a pretty sober and useful account of the late 50s view of the medical applications of hypnosis but you wouldn’t know that from the front cover which gets my vote for gloriously sexist, misleading and wilfully inaccurate design of the day.  Pretty though isn’t it?

This is the front cover of Harley Street Hypnotist by Alan Mitchell (BL shelfmark 7410.s.33). It is actually a pretty sober and useful account of the late 50s view of the medical applications of hypnosis but you wouldn’t know that from the front cover which gets my vote for gloriously sexist, misleading and wilfully inaccurate design of the day.  Pretty though isn’t it?