Art Apart: At Last!
At Last! was performed live on Instagram on April 9. You can enjoy a recording of the performance below.
About the project
At Last! follows singer Etta James as she is put in prison on heroin possession. A closer look at Etta James' struggling against the powers of addiction. At Last! is a closer look at Etta James' struggling against the powers of addition and depression, while also fighting to embrace her influence and place in the history of rock and roll and blues music.
My piece moves in and out of loud extremes from voice overs of prison guards, singing and moaning to extreme silence and is structured around Etta responding to a fan’s letter in prison.
Credits: The Etta James Story: A Rage to Survive by Etta James and David Ritz and the song Feeling Uneasy by Etta James are part of the script of this piece.
This project received financial support from the National Theatre School of Canada via the Art Apart program, an emergency fund for emerging artists who are affected by physical distancing due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
About the artist
Tanisha Sinclair is an actor and director from Toronto, going into her final year of undergraduate studies at Sheridan College and The University of Toronto’s four-year acting program. She has performed in Theatre Erindale’s studio production The Oresteia as an Argive, and as a co-creator and ensemble member in the play The Places We Are. She also performed in The Blue Bird at the Hamilton Fringe Festival. She also performed as Mara in the independent film The Goldfish Bowl, directed by Meg Howald, which won best film at the Toronto Independent Film Festival in 2016. Tanisha has further interests in writing, directing and voice-over work.