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Joan Eardley: A Private View

Friday 9 June 8.00pm & Saturday 10 June 4.00pm

This exciting, interactive* production from Heroica Theatre Company follows the extraordinary Joan Eardley. An artist forgotten by her English homeland yet celebrated in her adopted Scotland, her vivid depictions of bleak Scottish seascapes, village fisherman at work and children from Glasgow’s impoverished slums assured her reputation as a world-class artist.


So follow the enigmatic Eardley (played by Alexandra Mathie) as she paints, ponders and pursues her highly unusual lifestyle. Meet her ‘children’, friends and lovers, and travel with her as she encounters joys and frustrations, friendships and solitary sketches as well as passions and triumphs.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie, experience this truly unique insight into a truly unique artist. 


£12, £10 (concession price),  Age 14+


Book now | 9 June & 10 June


“By scraping away the layers of this complex and fiercely talented individual, the audience is given a fleeting glimpse into her inner life. It made me weep – and that was a good thing.”

Jan Patience, Herald Scotland

“This highly engaging and revealing private view merits being made very public.”

Irene Brown, The Edinburgh Guide


The Herbert is pleased to have two works by Eardley in the collection both of which will be on display during this production.

The production tour of Joan Eardley: A Private View comes to you through the generous support of Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and random arts giving.

* This performance is promenade and will require the audience to stand and move around the performance space for approximately 75 minutes.  Portable stools will be provided for those who cannot stand for the duration of the performance.


Image credit: Photograph by Audrey Walker; courtesy of the Scottish Gallery

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