Jessica L. Wilkinson & Simon Charles “Marionette: a biography of Miss Marion Davies” CD



Wilkinson reads from her 2012 book on Marion Davies, the actress perhaps best known for her 30-year affair with media mogul William Randolph Hearst. The text draws attention to the gaps and inconsistencies in Davies’ story, whilst playfully attempting to locate the voice of a woman whose story can never be fully told. Wilkinson’s reading is accompanied by a collage of instrumental and electro-acoustic performance composed by Charles, and performed by an all-star quartet of Jenny Barnes (voice), Phoebe Green (viola/viola d’amore), Andrew Butler (piano/harmonium) and Michael McNab (percussion). Like most of Charles’ compositions, the music is beautifully fragile and fragmented, an intriguing setting for this reconstruction of character. CD comes in a 6-panel digipack with 4 page booklet, with download code.