Maria MacDonell Space/Time Artist 2021

Maria MacDonell Space/Time Artist 2021
Photo: Alan Finlayson

Maria (62) has been selected to take part in Space/Time 2021, a creative retreat for older early career artists run by Magnetic North in partnership with Luminate.

For years I have been on many creative adventures including being a mother, actor, journalist, TV researcher and presenter, screenwriter, museum consultant, arts organiser and special needs arts and drama tutor. Now, after many decades, I am joyfully re-emerging as a writer, performer and storyteller.

I am fascinated by stories of human and other life. I look for the absurd, the sad, mythical and magic, seeking out stillness as much as movement. I love dressing up and anything historical.

My play Miss Lindsay’s Secret was hidden away by Lockdown after only three performances. In Summer 2020, I made a short film Miss Lindsay’s Love in Lockdown, shot in the story’s true locations in Glenesk, Angus. I am keen to get Miss Lindsay on her feet again as soon as possible.

I am delighted to be co-writer and performer with Jo Clifford on a new play, Not So Ugly Duckling, currently in development. I am also co-writing my first radio play Tea with Tutankhamun. I always wanted to be a child actor. I am hoping there is still time for that.