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Maud’s Mottisfont

"Have you met the enigmatic Maud Russell?"

ShadyJane invites you into the private world of Mrs Maud Russell during the decadent thirties. Through film, audio, projection and live performance - discover what it would have been like to attend one of Mrs Russell’s weekend soirees at her country retreat, Mottisfont. With anyone who is anyone from the world of art, literature, politics and aristocracy in attendance – Mottisfont was, and is, the place to be.

Following an artist residency at this beautiful National Trust house, we have created a new piece which uses the structure and cultural history of Mottisfont to create a unique theatrical experience within the house itself.

The piece focuses upon ex-Mottisfont resident and artist-muse Maud Russell. Maud was a fascinating character and although quite the celebrity in her day, famous for her string of affairs (including Ian Fleming) and her unorthodox pets (including a crocodile), history has recorded little about her.

A 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.

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Images courtesy of V and A museum, ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel and The National Trust