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First Drafts: The Lady and The Unicorn

11 July

Emma Stirling

Based on a series of 15th century tapestries, The Lady and the Unicorn is a performance about desire, memory and autobiography.

A show that unpicks the patriarchal symbolism in the tapestries and reclaims an alternative history of the Lady’s life. Drawing on the colours and textures of the tapestries and featuring animation and video projection, The Lady and the Unicorn playfully re-imagines the identities and relationships of a life lost to history.

Thanks to Owen Calvert Lyons and Stella Kanu at Ovalhouse


  • Set design- Naomi Kuych-Cohen
  • Lighting- Dan Saggars
  • Sound- Rhodri Karim
  • Animation- John O'Connor
  • Costume- Phoebe Chan
  • Costume- Emma Lyth at the London College of Fashion
  • Production support- Lucie Regan


  • Deli Segal
  • Nick Finegan
  • Temi Wilkey

With support from


Emma is a director, performer, and writer. She makes cross-disciplinary work that explores the intersections between live and video performance. Emma is artistic director of Recursion Co and also co-curates cross-arts exhibitions in London, New York, and Berlin with Yates Norton. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and an associate artist with fanSHEN.

Previous performance work includes ECHO_NARCISSUS (The Yard Theatre and Ovalhouse), Set Pieces (Dixon Place, NY), When the Rain Stops Falling (Rosemary Branch Theatre), and Paradise Project (multiple locations). Recent exhibitions include Monopoles, a collaboration between physicists and artists (Ugly Duck), and Atmospheres, a cross-arts conversation about ‘atmosphere’ which took place in Berlin and New York. Performance lectures include Material Culture at Glasgow School of Art