We leave the theatre feeling as if we’ve been given an insight into something intangible yet nonetheless profound. 

– The Stellenbosch Literary Project

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The Anatomy Lecture Theatre by Rosa Postlethwaite at GIPCA Live Art Festival 2014. Photography: Ashley Walters courtesy of GIPCA


The Anatomy Lecture Theatre is based on my encounter with the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the University of Cape Town. An encounter with the uncanny – both familiar and terrifying. Taking my position as the student/spectator I was looking down from a distance onto the stage in a place shaped like a cave or a womb. I sat in the place or ‘home’ of knowledge, facing forwards, in a phallic direction, a phallic line, a phallic time, back turned on origin. Drawing on my own medical history this performance lecture was about memory, trauma and medicine.

Created and performed by Rosa Postlethwaite
Commissioned by the GIPCA Live Art Festival