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.
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.