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Future Conditional
Notes for Tomorrow
Edited by
Gilly Adams
Geddy Aniksdal
Maggie B. Gale
Julia Varley

Future Conditional
Notes for Tomorrow





Maggie B. Gale (UK) - Future Thinking

Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal (Norway) - Thoughts from the Future

Brigitte Cirla (France) - Utopian Dreams

Marisa Naspolini (Brazil) - 100 Years and a Few Stones

Jill Greenhalgh (UK) - Facing Up

Margaret Cameron (Australia) - Lay Me Out

Kordula Lobeck (Germany) - Present Futures

Jo Randerson (Aotearoa New Zealand) - Amazing Babes

Parvathy Baul (India) - Practising Ancient Wisdom

Katarzyna Kułakowska (Poland) - Somebody's Daughter

Carolina Pizarro (Chile/Denmark) - Changing the Present

Jess Brookes (UK) - Magdalenas

Roxana Pineda (Cuba) - Crucial Moments

Gilly Adams (UK) - Walking Westwards

Patricia Ariza (Colombia) - Knowledge

Madeline McNamara (Aotearoa New Zealand) - Divine Doubt

Luciana Martuchelli (Brazil) - Mare Serenitatis

Meg Brookes (UK) - Get Sh*t Done

Julia Varley (UK/Denmark) - The Swing

Lis Hughes Jones (UK) - Lis - Sian - Ann: Moments of Retrieving, Remembering, Recreating

Raquel Carrió (Cuba) - Building a Structure

Dawn Albinger (Australia) - Reflection on Hope

Pilar Restrepo (Colombia) - Living and Dying as a Dream

Zoe Gudović (Serbia) - One Part of Me

Geddy Aniksdal (Norway) - Notes for Tomorrow

Dorthe Kærgaard (Denmark) - Paintings

Notes on Contributors

Photo Credits



Whilst the last book of The Open Page Publications, The Magdalena Project@25 - Legacy and Challenge, gave us an opportunity to look back at the early beginnings, as well as the later years of our theatre network's existence, this new book is an attempt to take a step in a different direction, into the future, asking where we are going and what we will do when we get there.

The Editorial Board of The Open Page Publications has always been driven by the need to encourage theatre women to record their experiences of making work, whether within the context of a group or working alone. The thirteen volumes of The Open Page journals and three books, the latest of which is this Future Conditional - Notes for Tomorrow, have given us much more than we asked for: personal stories, notes on significant influences, practice, pedagogy and, frequently, reflections on the perplexing question of how to pass knowledge and experience on to another group or generation of women. The Open Page has woven together the threads of different women's lives through and across time and different continents. In particular we have enjoyed celebrating the work of women who have survived whilst always seeming to be swimming against the current.

There is a coherent development from the early Magdalena Project Newsletters, which consisted of short articles and announcements of upcoming events, to The Open Page, in which we explored subjects more deeply and stimulated first-time writers to publish alongside more experienced practitioners. The shift from the Newsletter to The Open Page came about naturally in the same way as going from journals to books, from articles to longer essays has done. Twenty-five years of work with the Editorial Board has given us the opportunity to develop our own writing and to keep an ongoing critical and constructive dialogue amongst ourselves and with the other contributors.

In the last few years, for different reasons and in different ways, we have found ourselves deeply affected by thoughts of tomorrow and the place of the future in our current work. In the process of making this book we discovered that we had chosen a difficult theme - something many of the authors reflect upon.

Future Conditional - Notes for Tomorrow is an anthology of essays, poetry and articles, short and long. The common aim, expressed in individual ways, is to articulate hopes and fears, demands and aspirations for a future that we share with each other, while also remembering the women who have walked before us.


Gilly Adams, Geddy Aniksdal, Maggie B. Gale and Julia Varley

Holstebro, July 2017




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Editorial Board:

Gilly Adams, Geddy Aniksdal, Maggie Gale, Julia Varley



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