The sold-out Bush Theatre production of Arinzé Kene’s ‘Misty’ transfers to the West End

Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray
Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray

Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray

Following its sold-out run at the Bush Theatre, Arinzé Kene’s acclaimed Misty transfers to London’s Trafalgar Studios for six weeks only from 8 September 2018 (press night 13 September). Tickets go on sale at 10am on 29 June.

Through a blend of theatre, gig and performance poetry, Arinzé delivers an epic, heartfelt and playful exploration of creative freedom, set against a pulsating vision of modern London.

Misty is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, One Cold Dark NightIslands) and features an original musical score performed live during the show.

‘Here is the city that we live in

Notice that the city that we live in is alive

Analyse our city and you’ll find that our city even has bodily features

Our city’s organs function like any living creature

Our city is a living creature

And if you’re wise enough, you’ll know not all of us are blood cells…

Some of us are viruses.’

Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow, actor and writer Arinzé Kene was raised in London to Nigerian parents. His most recent plays include good dog, which tiata fahodzi theatre company toured throughout the UK in 2017, God’s Property, a co-production with Talawa, whichran at Soho Theatre in 2013 and Little Baby Jesus, directed by Che Walker at the Oval House Theatre, where his play Estate Walls was also produced. Arinzé was named ‘Most Promising Playwright’ at the Off West End Theatre Awards for Estate Walls in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play.

His original feature film, Seekers, is on the Brit List and currently in development. Arinzé was also involved in the development of the second series of Big Talk’s Youngers for E4, in which he played the part of Ashley.

On screen he appeared in new E4/Netflix Original series Crazyhead and took the lead of ‘Ade’ in the film The Pass opposite Russell Tovey for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 BIFA’s and won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2016 Evening Standard Film Awards. On stage he played soul singing legend ‘Sam Cooke’ in One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse and in Girl from The North Country in the West End. Next he takes the lead role opposite Micaela Cole in Netflix’s acquired feature film, Been So Long and in the BBC’s new thriller, opposite Paddy Considine, Informer.

Omar Elerian is an award-winning Italian / Palestinian theatre director, deviser and performer who trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.  He joined the Bush in 2012 alongside Madani Younis and since then has been the resident Associate Director.  His directing credits for the Bush include NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour, One Cold Night by Nancy Harris, Islands by Caroline Horton and Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock.  As Associate Director he has worked alongside Madani Younis on the Bush’s productions of The RoyalePerseverance Driveand Chalet Lines.  Other credits include acclaimed site-specific production The Mill – City of Dreams, Olivier Award-nominated You’re Not Like the Other Girls ChrissyTesta di Rame (Italy), Les P’tites Grandes Choses (France) and L’Envers Du Décor (France).

Misty is the fourth theatre production Shiloh Coke has musically directed after having previously worked on the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy (Julius CaesarHenry IV and The Tempest) for both stage and screen (including the New York transfer of The Tempest).

Shiloh’s acting stage credits include Into The Woods (Stratford Circus), Tomorrow’s World (Theatre Centre), The Litter (Bargehouse), Henry IV(Donmar Warehouse), The Chaplain (Yard Theatre), Henry IV (St Ann’s Warehouse NYC), The Tempest (Shakespeare Trilogy), Julius Caesar(Shakespeare Trilogy), Henry IV (Shakespeare Trilogy), The Tempest (St Ann’s Warehouse NYC).

Musical Director and musician Adrian McLeod has worked with various artists such as Toddla T, Chronixx, Sway and Plan B.

Rajha Shakiry is a freelance theatre designer and maker, who works across the spectrum of scripted and devised theatre, dance, musical theatre, and opera. Born in Iraq and educated in England, Rajha’s work has most recently been exhibited at the V&A (Make:Believe, 2015) and as a finalist at World Stage Design 2013.

Recent projects include: The Mountaintop (Young Vic/JMK), Mobile (The Paper Birds), The Head Wrap Diaries (Uchenna Dance) and Muhammad Ali & Me (Mojisola Adebayo). Rajha’s current collaborations include projects at the National Theatre, the Bush Theatre, and The Place.

Kirsty Housely is a theatre director, writer, dramaturg and an associate of Complicité. Work with Complicité includes: The Encounter (UK/International Tour – Co-Director), Seen and Not Heard (Southbank Centre), A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre – Dramaturg) and War and War (Pleasance). Other recent directing includes: The Believers Are But Brothers (Edinburgh Fringe and Bush Theatre); Wanted (Chris Goode and Company /Transform Festival/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage andTheatre Uncut), All I Want (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane) and Mass (Amy Mason / Bristol Old Vic / CPT). She is currently collaborating with Bryony Kimmings, Complicité, The Unicorn and the Bush Theatre. Her play Myth (written with Matt Hartley, from an original idea from Kirsty) was performed at the RSC in Spring 2017.

Sound Designer Elena Peña designed the sound for Hir by Taylor Mac and Islands by Caroline Horton at the Bush Theatre. Other theatre credits include: The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate); Pixel Dust and Wonder (Edinburgh Festival); The Bear/The ProposalFlashes (Young Vic); The Lounge (Soho Theatre – Offie Nomination For Best Sound Design); Boat (Company Three, Battersea Arts Centre); Years Of Sunlight (Theatre 503); Sleepless (Shoreditch Town Hall, Staatstheater Mainz); I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre); Patrias (Sadlers Wells Theatre, Eif); Thebes Land, Brimstone And Treacle (Arcola Theatre); The Christians (Gate Theatre, Traverse Theatre); Brainstorm (ICT, National Theatre); The Kilburn PassionArabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre); Not Now Bernard (Unicorn Theatre); Pim & Theo (Nie With Odsherred Teater, Denmark, Unicorn Theatre); Mass Observation (Almeida Theatre); Village Social (National Theatre Wales); Quimeras (Sadlers Wells, Eif); The 13 MidnightChallenges Of Angelus Diablo (RSC); Gambling (Soho Theatre); My Name Is Sue (Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic); Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate).
Elena’s sound installation includes: Have Your Circumstances Changed? and Yes These Eyes Are The Windows (Artangel). Television/Online includes: Brainstorm Live at Television Centre (BBC4 and iPlayer); The Astro Science Challenge (Online Television Episodes, Unlimited Theatre).Radio includes: The Meet Cute (Recordist /Sd/Editor/Musician, BBC R4) Twelve Years (Recordist / SD / Editor, BBC R4).

Jackie Shemesh is a designer of lighting and space. He works internationally in dance, theatre, music and with performance and visual artists. Most recently he has designed for projects as part of Manchester International Festival 2017 (Yael Bartana – What if Women Ruled the World and Phil Collins – Ceremony); for new work by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company; and The Almeida’s productions of Robert Icke’s Mary Stuartand Uncle Vanya.

Jackie has designed for many theatre productions in the UK including works for Lyric Hammersmith; Bristol Old Vic; Duchess theatre and Trafalgar Studios West End; The Young Vic; Bush Theatre; Curve Theatre, Leicester and more. Jackie has designed the lighting for many dance companies including Batsheva Ensemble, Ballet Boyz, Arthur Pita/Sadler’s Wells, National Dance Company Wales, Scottish Dance Theatre, CanDoCo, Protein and Avant Garde among others. Other collaborations around Europe include the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Steirischer Herbst Festival Austria and several productions for the Hebbel Theatre Berlin.

Daniel Denton is a London based Video Designer and Animator and associate of video design collective Mesmer. A graduate of the University for the Creative Arts his background was originally in illustration and experimental film. He has gone on to animate and design visuals for a range of different media from theatre, opera, music, fashion, web and broadcast.

His original designs include: Alice in Winterland (The Rose Theatre); Flashdance: The Musical (UK Tour); As You Like It(Theatre By The Lake); To Love Somebody Melancholy (UK Tour); Ready Or Not (Arcola Theatre and UK Tour); Peter Pan(Exeter Northcott); Bumblescratch(Adelphi Theatre); Biedermann and the Arsonists (Sadler’s Wells).

Misty

8 September – 20 October at 7.30pm

Matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

Audio described performance on 24 September at 7.30pm

Captioned performance on 1 October at 7.30pm

Age guidance – 14+, please note that strong language is used in this production

Ticket prices from £10

Booking:

http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios/

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

0844 871 7632 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge)

Richard Fleeshman & George Blagden amongst new cast members announced for Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Musical Company

COMPANY
COMPANY

COMPANY

Further casting was announced today (Friday 29 June 2018) for Marianne Elliott’s highly anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY which previews from 26 September 2018.  Cast already announced are: Rosalie Craig in the central role of Bobbie, Broadway star Patti LuPone as Joanne and Mel Giedroyc as Sarah.

Announced today are the actors playing Bobbie’s three boyfriends: RICHARD FLEESHMAN as Andy, GEORGE BLAGDEN as PJ and MATTHEW SEADON-YOUNG as Theo. All three characters have been re-gendered for this new production, which includes their classic song You Could Drive a Person Crazy. Stephen Sondheim has renamed the roles. Andy was originally April, PJ was originally Marta and Theo was Kathy.

Also announced today are: GAVIN SPOKES as Harry, who is married to Sarah (Mel Giedroyc), RICHARD HENDERS andJENNIFER SAAYENG playing David and Jenny, ASHLEY CAMPBELL as Peter and BEN LEWIS playing opposite Patti LuPoneas Joanne’s husband Larry.

Richard Fleeshman is currently starring in the UK and Ireland tour of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship.  His many other credits include: the lead role of Sam Wheat in Ghost the Musical on Broadway and in the West End, Legally Blonde the Musical, Guys and DollsDamsel in Distress and UrineTown: The Musical.  His television work includes Call the Midwife, the lead role in the six part BBC series,  All the Small Things, and Craig in Coronation Street.

George Blagden, is currently playing the lead role of Louis XIV in Versailles on BBC TV and playing Damis in Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.  His other theatre work includes Jamie Lloyd’s The Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall andPlatinum at Hampstead Theatre.  He played Grantaire in the film version of Les Miserables and other TV work includes Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (Netflix) and Athelstan in The Vikings.

Matthew Seadon-Young recently appeared in Sondheim’s Assassins at the Gate Theatre in Dublin.  His other stage work includes: Big FishBeautiful in the West End, Sweeney Todd for English National Opera and UrineTown: The Musical.  He also appeared in the feature film, Pride.

Gavin Spokes starred in James Graham’s play Quiz in the West End and at Chichester Festival Theatre.  His other theatre work includes: Against at the Almeida Theatre, Carousel for English National Opera, he received an Olivier-award nomination for his role as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls in the West End, 1984 at the Almeida and in the West End, Francis Henshall in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors and Oliver Hardy in Laurel and Hardy at the Watermill.  His TV credits include: Man Down and Utopia for Channel 4.

Richard Henders’ National Theatre credits include The Beaux Stratagem, The White Guard and Trevor Nunn’s productions ofAnything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Cherry Orchard, and John Caird’s production of Candide.  His TV work includes Warren in KingdomThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Foyle’s War.

Jennifer Saayeng’s recent theatre credits include: Caroline or Change at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and City of Angels at the Donmar Theatre, The Etienne Sisters at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Her TV work includes Vera, Eastenders and Emerald City.

Ashley Campbell recently played Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live from Vegas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon in the West End, The Color Purple at the Menier Factory, Five Guys Named Moe at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East and he recently completed a season at the RSC in Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, The Roverand Two Noble Kinsmen.   He features in the 2017 film: Mamma Mia: Here we Go Again! with Cher.

Ben Lewis is currently appearing as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.  His many other credits include: Annie Get your Gun at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre,Side by Side by Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, A Little Night Music for Opera Australia, Monty Python’s Spamalot andPriscilla, Queen of the Desert.  Ben played the Phantom the filmed version of Love Never Dies.

At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family. The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive, Side by Side and You Could Drive a Person Crazy.

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded in 2016 with producer Chris Harper,was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List 2018 for her services to theatre. Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and her recent Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America received the 2018 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Featured Actor (Nathan Lane).  Angels in America at the National Theatre also received the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards for its run on Broadway, including Best Play and Best Director. It continues to tour internationally. Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Joining Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  musical supervisor and conductor Joel Fram, choreographer Liam Steel, designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Ian Dickinson (for Autograph Sound), illusions designer Chris Fisher, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis and casting directors Alastair Coomer CDG and Charlotte Sutton CDG.  Further casting will be announced shortly.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Greek Street Productions/Christopher Ketner.

Lambert Jackson announce debut production There’s Nothin’ Like A Dame –100 years of women in Musical Theatre At Cadogan Hall

Nothin' Like a Dame
Nothin' Like a Dame

Nothin’ Like a Dame

Lambert Jackson presents its debut show There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame – 100 Years of Women in Musical Theatre a one-night celebration of women in musical theatre. Louise DearmanRia JonesAlexia Khadime and Rachel Tucker come together to perform songs from some of the most famous female roles over the past century.

This super group of amazing leading ladies will perform for one night at the stunning Cadogan Hall in London to celebrate 100 years of female characters in musical theatre. From classics like Rogers and Hammerstein to modern smash hits, from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz, this show has something for everyone, and is a unique opportunity to see these four incredible performers in concert together in a beautiful, historic London venue.

Jamie Lambert, CEO of Lambert Jackson, “We feel like this is the year of the woman and so it seems the perfect moment for There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame, which will be a glorious celebration of women in musicals over the past 100 years. This is our debut production and we can’t wait to show fans of musical theatre what more we have planned. Coming from a performance background, we are determined to be a company who are fair, who look after their performers and who put on fantastic, creative and beautiful shows.”

Louise Dearman’s theatre credits include Grease (Victoria Palace Theatre/UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre/UK tour), Debbie Does Dallas (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Tell Me On A Sunday (international tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatEvitaJudy (UK tour), The Waterbabies (Curve), Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Sideshow (Southwark Playhouse). She has also performed as a soloist in concerts across the UK in venues including Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. Dearman has released four solo albums, You and IHere Comes the Sun, It’s Time and Bond and Beyond.

Ria Jones’ theatre credits include (UK tour), Evita (Opera House, Manchester), Chess (Prince Edward Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre), Les Miserables (UK tour/Queen’s Theatre),  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Apollo Hammersmith/UK tour), Nine (Donmar Warehouse), Personals  (New End Theatre, Hampstead), A Little Night Music  (Leicester Haymarket), Romance RomanceVictor Victoria (Bridewell Theatre), High Society (UK tour/Shaftesbury Theatre), 42nd Street (Curve), Acorn Antiques, Sunset Boulevard, The Witches of Eastwick and Anything Goes (UK tour) for which she was nominated for a UK Theatre Award for best performance in a musical.

Alexia Khadime‘s theatre credits include The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre) and The Book of Mormon(Prince of Wales Theatre – for which she won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical as well as a BroadwayWorld  Award and the West End Wilma Award for Best Supporting Role in a Musical). Her credits for film include, Les Miserables.

Rachel Tucker’s theatre credits include Two (Bridge House Theatre), The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York/Bank of America Theatre, Chicago),Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and Wicked (Gershwin Theatre/Apollo Victoria – for which she was awarded the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role). Tucker has also released three solo albums, The ReasonKingdoms and On the Road.

There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame – 100 Years of Women in Musical Theatre                                Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Box Office: 020 7730 4500 

www.cadoganhall.com

Cadogan Hall

Thursday 30 August, 7.30pm

Tickets: from £28

LAMBERT JACKSON

Lambert Jackson is a production company dedicated to producing musical theatre shows and stunning one-night performances. Founded by Jamie Lambert (CEO) and Eliza Jackson (Creative Director), the company will make its debut at Cadogan Hall in August 2018 with There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame – 100 Years of Women in Musical Theatre.

Jamie Lambert has worked extensively since 2014 after winning Britain’s Got Talent with his band Collabro.  Having sold over 1 million albums and performed to over 100 million people worldwide, Collabro have earned their place as the world’s most successful musical theatre vocal group. Outside of the group, Lambert is also a regular presenter on The Wright Stuff and has also hosted the Olivier Awards red carpet and backstage show twice.

Eliza Jackson, Creative Director, is a performer who has appeared in A Chorus Line (Bridewell Theatre) and is currently rehearsing for the world première of her one-woman show, Voice Behind the Stars which opens at The Other Palace on Tuesday 10 July before a run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

Twitter:                @LJProds

Instagram:          @lambertjacksonproductions

Facebook:           /lambertjacksonproductions

COME FROM AWAY – UK and Irish premieres announced for International new musical

The Original Broadway Cast of COME FROM AWAY Credit Matthew Murphy
The Original Broadway Cast of COME FROM AWAY Credit Matthew Murphy

The Original Broadway Cast of COME FROM AWAY Credit Matthew Murphy

The Tony Award-winning new musical COME FROM AWAY tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. It will land in London for its long-awaited UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from 30 January 2019 and opening night on 18 February 2019.

Prior to the West End, this heart-warming musical will have a limited engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019.

This joyous new musical recounts the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

On 11 September 2001 the world stopped. On 12 September, their stories moved us all.

Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mrs Janice Charette, said: “I could not be more delighted that Come From Away is coming to the UK next year. A story that captures the kindness and humanity of the people of Canada – and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in particular – at a crucial moment  in U.S. and global history. This show reminds us what good neighbours and true friendship is all about. Audiences in London are in for a treat.”

Earning widespread critical and audience acclaim, the multi award-winning musical continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, and in Canada, with a 60-city North American Tour launching in October in Seattle, an Australian production confirmed for summer 2019, and a feature film adaptation in the works.

Come From Away features a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie GallacherCDG.

The UK and Ireland cast for Come From Away will be announced in due course.

Book, music and lyric writers, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, said: “The humour, the music, and the infectious generosity of spirit of the people of Newfoundland inspired us to write this musical, however along the journey we discovered that this isn’t just a Canadian story – it’s a universal story of how, when faced with global atrocities, the world comes together to respond with kindness and cooperation. We are particularly thrilled to be sharing this story with audiences in the UK and Ireland.”

A “Best Musical” winner all across North America, Come From Away has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical,” 4 Helen Hayes Awards    (Washington DC)  including  “Outstanding   Production   of   a   Musical,”  4   Gypsy   Rose   Lee   Awards   (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding  New Musical,” 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including  “Outstanding  New  Musical/Opera”  and  “Outstanding  Production,”  and   the  2017   Jon   Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).

Come From Away was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and presented in 2016 by Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC and Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada, all in partnership with Junkyard Dog Productions. Come From Away (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle WA also provided development support.

Come From Away is produced in the UK and Ireland by Junkyard Dog Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals. The European premiere of Come From Away will be presented in partnership with The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

LISTINGS

COME FROM AWAY

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Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0JP

First performance: 30 January 2019
Opening Night: 18 February 2019

Performance schedule

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm

Box office details

Website www.ComeFromAwayLondon.co.uk
Telephone 0844 871 7615
Prices  from £19.50 (from £10 during preview performances: 30 January to 16 February 2019)

Abbey Theatre
26-27 Abbey Street Lower, North City, Dublin, D01 K0F1, Ireland

First performance: 6 December 2018
Final performance: 19 January 2019
Opening Night: 11 December 2018

Performance schedule

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm

Box office details

website www.abbeytheatre.ie
telephone 00353 1 87 87 222
Prices  from €13

 

 

The city shines as Birmingham International Dance Festival gets everyone dancing

  • The sixth edition of the biennial Festival, produced by DanceXchange, presented 205 performances in venues and outdoor spaces across the city.
  • Featuring 338 artists – 93 from outside the UK

From 1 – 24 June the sixth edition of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018 (BIDF 2018) has seen the sun shine and the city dance!  Audiences were treated to an amazing 205 performances by 338 artists in venues, streets and parks across the city.

Morning Gloryville, credit Stephen Wright / La Grande Phrase by Compagnie Didier Theron, credit Pete Lopeman / Origami by Satchie Noro and Sylvain Ohl, credit Stephen Wright

Kicking off with a dance-packed ten-day takeover of Victoria Square, in the heart of the city, the festival brought a first, with an exuberant glitter-filled morning rave.  The square hosted a celebration of exceptional young community talent with enthusiastic crowds of all ages taking part in a feast of workshops from swing, disco, northern soul, house, voguing and waacking, to hula hooping majorettes and Moseley Folk’s incredible ceilidh.

Artists from across the world delighted visitors with free performances of high octane hip hop dance, daring Cyr wheel feats, tender duets and gravity defying acrobatics. Not forgetting the unstoppable inflatable pink men who playfully, sprung, floated and bounced from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to the famous Bull, bringing smiles to the faces of surprised shoppers.

The outdoor programme also featured the region’s best professional dancers, performers and choreographers in a brand new showcase, Midlands Made, which included Festival commissions from Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere and Rebecca Randall.

The festival was excited to be able to take dance to communities beyond the city centre with a fabulous family weekend at Midlands Arts Centre in Cannon Hill Park and performances delighting young patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The stunning Origami, a shape-shifting shipping container and solitary dancer, also thrilled audiences at Eastside Park, Birmingham City Football Club and Tesco Superstore in Witton.

BIDF’s theatre programme was inspired by themes of the imagination, body, mindfulness and digital art, with the ambition to present new and engaging choreography. At mac, children became Icelandic sheep, and perceptions of dance and disability were actively challenged; in the Patrick Studio, DanceXchange’s space for experimental choreography, audiences were invited to interact with computer generated dancers in a virtual reality world, and were immersed in an audio visual experience of sculpted light.  At Birmingham Repertory Theatre a huge community cast took to the stage, while at Birmingham Hippodrome virtuoso performers of urban arts, such as inline skating, breakdancing, freerunning, and BMX, displayed breathtaking artistry on an imaginative set of moving ramps.

Companies and artists included Company Wayne McGregor, Candoco Dance Company, Rui Horta, Kallo Collective, Birmingham Royal Ballet, James Batchelor, Cecilia Bengolea and Florentina Holzinger and Vera Ondrasikova, to name but a few.

Lucie Mirkova and Paul Russ, Artistic Directors BIDF18 said: “What an amazing three weeks it has been! We’ve seen and experienced and joined in with dance in all parts of the city and with everyone, from those who have never danced before, to those at the top of their profession.

We are delighted that this festival has developed new formats and new ways for great artists to present their work. 2018 saw us look into the future and explore how we embrace a changing world and share with communities across the city how artists see these challenges.

Over 200 artists from outside the region and across the world were attracted to perform in the festival.  They were all impressed by the incredible welcome that Birmingham’s communities have given and felt their visits were truly memorable.”

This festival was notable for a number of partnerships with city and regional businesses supporting its work.

Richard Brooks, Customer Experience Director at West Midlands Railway, BIDF Official Travel Partner said: “Seeing the whole city getting involved with the Festival has been excellent. The artists and performers have helped create a real sense of excitement that everyone has been on board with. One of our key goals is to encourage people to get out and explore their local areas using our trains and events such as this, which involve numerous artists and locations, are great for getting the region moving, in more ways than one!”

Jonathan Bryce, Project Maker at Colmore Business District, said: “Colmore BID was proud to support Birmingham International Dance Festival by sponsoring the Festival Square this year.  It’s important for us to animate our local spaces and to provide cultural experiences for those that live, work and visit the District.  We are lucky to have this fantastic festival in Birmingham which brings artists from across the world to our doorstep, and to celebrate dance in all its forms.”

Rachel Evitts, Patient Experience Sister, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were really pleased to be able to bring the festival to Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. The performance was very well received by patients, visitors and staff alike. There were a number of patients that were too unwell to leave the wards, who could look out of their windows to see and enjoy ‘Moon’. The smiles on their faces showed just how much they enjoyed it! Performers also visited a number of ward areas to take their magic to the bed sides.“

BIDF producers, DanceXchange is already shaping its plans for the next festival in 2020 and is keen to talk to artists, communities and businesses who would like to be involved.  Keep up to-date with dance across the city via www.dancexchange.co.uk

Forced Entertainment invite sixteen young people to make That Night Follows Day ahead of its premiere at the Southbank Centre

That Night Follows Day
That Night Follows Day

That Night Follows Day

Forced Entertainment are looking for 16 young people of all abilities and backgrounds between 8-14 years old to collaborate with them to present their first work as an associate company at the Southbank Centre, a new version of Artistic Director Tim Etchells’ That Night Follows Day.  The performance is a comical and poignant piece that explores the ways in which the adult world shapes and defines that of young people. It offers up the full range of advice, facts, white lies and excuses children hear from adults.  The performance explores how we are all both made and constrained by language as we try to describe our experiences and imagine our futures.

That Night Follows Day will be performed at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room from 11th – 15th December 2018.

Auditions will be held on 7th and 8th July 2018, in the form of a one hour workshop in a small group involving games and reading. There will be a second audition call back on 11th and 12th July, and the making process for the selected sixteen young people will start with an introductory workshop in the summer; subsequent rehearsals will be held over four months between September and December. Full information in listings below.

The Sheffield based company return to the Southbank Centre after more than a decade, having last performed there in 2007 with And On The Thousandth Night…as part of SPILL Festival, and with seminal piece Bloody Mess at Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown. That Night Follows Day was originally created in 2007 by Forced Entertainment’s Artistic Director Tim Etchells in a production for the Flemish theatre organisation CAMPO.

Forced Entertainment has worked at the forefront of new developments in theatre and performance for 34 years and has been a key player in the development of a truly contemporary theatre language. The group makes their work in Sheffield (UK) and tours their ground–breaking performances across the world. The work explores and often explodes the conventions of genre, narrative and theatre itself – drawing influence not just from drama but from dance, performance art, music culture and popular forms such as cabaret and stand-up.

To sign up for the open audition workshop, applicants can fill out the application form here Deadline for applications is 10am Monday 2 July. Applicants will be notified of their scheduled audition workshop by Tuesday 3 July.

LISTINGS

‘THAT NIGHT FOLLOWS DAY’ BY FORCED ENTERTAINMENT & TIM ETCHELLS

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 December 2018, 2pm (Sat) & 7.45pm
Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
12+
£20
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Auditions
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018. The audition is a one-hour workshop in a small group and involves some games and reading.

Second-round auditions
Second-round auditions are held on the evening of Wednesday 11th or Thursday 12th July 2018. Those invited to the second audition will be informed by Monday 9th July.

Rehearsals
Weekend rehearsals take up 1.5 days, and autumn half-term rehearsal is 3 full days. The complete list of rehearsal dates and times is as follows:
29 Sep 10am – 4pm & 30 Sep 10am – 1pm
6 Oct 10am – 4pm & 7 Oct 10am – 1pm
13 Oct 10am – 4pm & 14 Oct 10am – 1pm
22, 23 & 24 Oct 10am – 4pm *half-term
3 Nov 10am – 4pm & 4 Nov 10am – 1pm
10 Nov 10am – 4pm & 11 Nov 10am – 1pm
17 Nov 10am – 4pm & 18 Nov 10am – 1pm
24 Nov 10am – 4pm & 25 Nov 10am – 1pm
1 Dec 10am – 4pm & 2 Dec 10am – 1pm
8 Dec 10am – 4pm & 9 Dec 10am – 4pm
10 Dec get-in and evening run-through
11 Dec possible daytime dress rehearsal

Performances
There are six performances:
Tue 11 Dec, 7.45pm
Wed 12 Dec, 7.45pm
Thu 13 Dec, 7.45pm
Fri 14 Dec, 7.45pm
Sat 15 Dec, 2pm & 7.45pm

Ferment Fortnight returns to showcase exciting new work from across the South West

Ferment Fortnight
Ferment Fortnight

Ferment Fortnight

Now in its eighth year, work-in-progress festival Ferment Fortnight is back and ready to showcase some of the finest talent in the South West. The rehearsal room doors will be prised open to introduce new and original work by inspiring artists, presenting them at the Arnolfini and on Bristol Old Vic’s main stage. The festival will feature “scratch” performances by Inspector SandsIn Bed with My BrotherVanessa Kisuule and Willy Hudson amongst many other emerging and established theatre-makers.

As always, the audience will play a crucial part of the Ferment process as they are invited to feedback on each artist’s work to help them develop and grow.

First-time Fermenters, Clownfish, explain why this process is so important: “Ferment has always been something to aspire to. It is the perfect opportunity to kick our fledgling show out of the nest and see if it flies. To be able to test out a new show with support from such brilliant, experienced people is invaluable”. 

Ferment is the artist development department of Bristol Old Vic. A year round quest to find, support and nurture local talent, Ferment provides South West artists with an opportunity to explore their theatrical ideas in an ongoing dialogue with audiences. By inviting artists whose work spans genre and form to experiment, play and make the theatre of tomorrow, Ferment continues to develop these vital local voices, offering tailored advice throughout the development process.

Listings
9-21 July
FERMENT FORTNIGHT
All performances are £5 (or 5 for £20) unless stated otherwise, and take place at both the Arnolfini and Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
Tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

Age guidance for all performances is 12+.

Reviews Policy for Ferment Fortnight
We respectfully ask for these productions not to be reviewed at this early stage in their development. Feel free to talk about the July Ferment Fortnight as a whole, but in the spirit of the showings, we want to give the artists a safe place to test their ideas. Rather, come along and feedback directly to the artists over a drink in the bar. We’d love to see you!

FERMENT FORTNIGHT

MON 9 JUL
Coast Path
Alex Goodman
6pm
Dark Studio, Arnolfini
Following a 289 mile walk between the town where she was born and the place she first swam in the sea, Alex Goodman presents the materials she gathered along the way and invites you to retrace her journey through sound, projection and live-performance.

TUE 10 JUL
Noise
Hugh McCann
11am/1pm/6pm
Dark Studio, Arnolfini

THUD-THUMP in the soil. Hard work on the surface. Nothing in the sky.
NOISE is an intimate, multi-sensory journey through a reimagined Dartmoor, where candy-floss spins and cement churns ceaselessly.

Poles in Space
Wojtek Rusin, Ellen Wilkinson & Bertrand Lesca
6.30pm
Theatre, Arnolfini

Britain, 2018: only a surrealist encounter can bring the ‘other’ closer to the ‘native.’ For some of the protagonists it will be a rough ride towards an uncertain future. It’s a brand new journey, a chance to improve yourself. We’ve got gherkin soup for the first course but our passports are on fire.

A Little Death
Vic Llewellyn +?
8.15pm
Theatre, Arnolfini

Whilst wandering drunkenly through the woods, local butcher, William Williams, has an epiphanic moment. Rushing home to share his vision, he returns to discover his family gone. In this surreal new show, Vic Llewellyn +? explores themes of mass hysteria, loss, and the need for positive change.

WED 11 JUL
An Uneventful Day at the Beach
Vanessa Kisuule
6.30pm
Theatre, Arnolfini

A mother and a daughter go to the beach. They eat ice cream. They paddle in the sea. They meet an octopus. This is a newborn play still finding its legs….or tentacles, exploring themes of motherhood, heritage, ecology, food ethics, the dangers of the white saviour narrative and the joys of a Cornetto.

Sir David and His Animals
Clownfish
8.15pm
Theatre, Arnolfini

You’ve all heard of Blue Planet and Planet Earth, right? Tonight, we are thrilled to present; naturalist, national treasure and broadcasting legend, Sir David Attenborough and his animals! An epic evening of clowning, physical theatre and the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage.

Kenny
Tom Marshman
9.30pm
Theatre, Arnolfini 

Inspired by interviews and works written by Kenneth Williams, performer Tom Marshman takes you on a journey through Williams’ profound life before delving into the life of this complicated national treasure who once dominated primetime but in private was terrorized by his own internal demons.

FRI 13 JUL
Wuthering Heights
Inspector Sands
4pm
Rehearsal Room, Bristol Old Vic

Drawing on Brontë’s fierce wit and fervid emotion, Inspector Sands will present their findings from a first week of R&D on a brand new adaptation of this classic novel.

THU 19 JUL
Tricky Second Album
In Bed with My Brother
6.30pm
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic

In 1988, the KLF wrote The Manual. It revealed the secret of how to get a #1 hit single in the UK music charts. In 2017, we read it. And in 2018, we made a #1, smash-hit, sell-out Fringe theatre show. Our Tricky Second Album.

C-Word Clubhouse
The Coterie
8.15pm
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic

Climb into our clubhouse for a spangly eco-comedy-cabaret-bingo-disco about Climate Change; the coming curfew, the turd in humanity’s collective punchbowl! A new collaboration between multi-award winning artists Caitlin McLeod, Bea Roberts and Timberlina.

Baal
Impermanence
9.30pm
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic

Written by Bertolt Brecht in 1918, this antiheroic tragedy explores love, death and sex through the lens of a young writer, recently returned from the horrors of war. Adapted by Impermanence with Director Tyrrell Jones and Composer Robert Bentall.

FRI 20 JUL
C-Word Clubhouse
The Coterie
6.30pm
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic

Climb into our clubhouse for a spangly eco-comedy-cabaret-bingo-disco about Climate Change; the coming curfew, the turd in humanity’s collective punchbowl! A new collaboration between multi-award winning artists Caitlin McLeod, Bea Roberts and Timberlina.

SAT 21 JUL
Working Model installation
Rachael Clerke & The Woodland Tribe
10am – 6pm
Gallery Space, Arnolfini

Working Model is an idea for a real but temporary city, built by kids. It’s a place where things like time, architecture, and tradition might be reinvented, or destroyed. It’s a place that might be utopia, might be Lord of the Flies, might be an adventure playground.
This is a free event.

Bottom
Willy Hudson
6.30pm
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic

Bottom. A queer coming-of-age remix: awkwardly honest and endearingly funny. Join Willy Hudson as he questions if a ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means a ‘bottom’ in life – and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top.

The Dolphin Hotel
Massive Owl
8.15pm
Theatre, Bristol Old Vic

A British journalist travels to Japan to investigate a potential murder, when a dead body turns up on a film set. Following Castle Rock, Massive Owl present the second part of their Distortion Trilogy – a dark and sinister retelling of Haruki Murakami’s novel Dance Dance Dance.

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National Theatre: First look inside ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ rehearsal room

Barbican, Complicité and Sydney Russell School collaborate on innovative youth theatre project

Students from Sydney Russell School present their first performance of Barking Nuns on Friday 29 June, crafted during a residency with artists from world-renowned theatre company Complicité as part of the Barbican’s Change Makers project.

Thanks to a National Lottery grant of £48,200 received by the Barbican in January 2018, Change Makers brings artists to one of Britain’s largest secondary schools, Sydney Russell School in Dagenham, for a year-long residency with students and teaching staff.

Marking 100 years since some women gained the vote and 50 years since the Ford worker strikes in Dagenham, Change Makers celebrates the rich feminist heritage of Barking and Dagenham with performances and events at Barking Broadway and an exhibition at Valence House in Dagenham.

The performance on 29 June is the culmination of a research project led by the Barbican alongside volunteer researchers from Valence House Museum, Sydney Russell School students and artists from Complicité, exploring the powerful story of the first female Abbess of Barking Abbey and the subsequent intersecting histories of religion, suffrage and women’s lives in the borough. As well as looking back, the project boldly imagines how young people will go on to define the future and become the change makers of tomorrow.

Ancient music specialist Belinda Sykes will also work with a choir made up of teachers, parents and others from the local community to explore the ancient choral music that would have been an important part of everyday life in Barking Abbey.

Change Makers at the Broadway takes place across Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June, and includes spoken word poetry, theatre, film, photography and hip-hop at the Broadway Theatre in Barking. It is programmed by the Barbican in collaboration with Sydney Russell School, The White House, Company Drinks, Complicité, Boy Blue, the Huggett Centre and local creatives form Barking and Dagenham.

Jenny Mollica, Head of Creative Learning at the Barbican, said: “Barking Nuns neatly encapsulates what we at Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning strive to do. A group of young people in east London have a great opportunity to work with a world-renowned theatre company at the same time as discovering the heritage of their local area. I hope the performance will encourage everyone involved to continue to engage in the arts and learning.”

Change Makers is part of the Barbican’s 2018 season, The Art of Change, which explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

Change Makers at the Broadway is generously supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Barking and Dagenham Council, Arts Council England and the City of London Corporation.

Tickets for the performance of Barking Nuns are available to book on the Barbican website.

15,000 free tickets released for Edinburgh International Festival’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Five Telegrams. Credit - 59 Productions
Aberdeen Standard Investments Five Telegrams. Credit - 59 Productions

Aberdeen Standard Investments Five Telegrams. Credit – 59 Productions

  • Thousands of FREE tickets available from 10am on Monday 2 July
  • Title Sponsorship renewed and to continue for a further three years from 2019 with Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • The large scale multi-media work created by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions, brings together a symphony orchestra, youth chorus with illuminations and projections at the Usher Hall to officially open the International Festival on the 3 August and is free to attend.
  • The event marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and is co-designed by young people, in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting on the young people who gave their lives in 1918.

Today, the Edinburgh International Festival announced 15,000 free tickets for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams will be available from 10am on Monday 2 July.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams is an outdoor performance created by composer Anna Meredith and 59 Productions, comprising large-scale illuminations and projections on the Usher Hall and a new work for orchestra and chorus which opens the International Festival on the 3 August, 10.30pm.

A major co-commission between the International Festival, 14-18 NOW the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and BBC Proms, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams welcomes both Edinburgh residents and visitors, opening both the International Festival and the city’s world-renowned festival season.

Lothian Road will close, allowing audiences to experience the event from a dedicated arena in Festival Square, from which they can view 59 Productions’ projected animations on the outside of the Usher Hall, and hear the score composed by Anna Meredith. In a new move, this year’s Opening Event includes a live performance element for the first time, featuring hundreds of local young people who will bring Five Telegrams to life within the Square.

The event marks both the centenary of the end of the First World War and celebrates Scotland’s Year of Young People. In an addition to young people taking part in the event, it has been co-designed by young people, providing a poignant reflection on the thousands of young lives lost in the First World War.

The Edinburgh International Festival is also pleased to announce that the title sponsorship of the Opening Event has been renewed for a further three years, and will continue with Aberdeen Standard Investments from 2019 to 2021.

Commenting, Graeme McEwan, Chief Communications Officer, said“We’re absolutely delighted that our partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival is to continue for another three years. The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event puts the spotlight on Edinburgh as a global cultural capital. It’s a world class event that we are proud to be part of.”

International Festival Director Fergus Linehan, said: “Collaboration sits right at the heart of this event, whether in the creation of Five Telegrams by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions, our co-commissioning of this new work with 14-18 Now and the BBC Proms, through to partnerships with the many supporters who make this event possible. Over the last few years, the Opening Event has grown to become a multi-partner project and I’d like to say thank you to all of them – Aberdeen Standard Investments, Scotland’s Year of Young People through Event Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, Blue-i Theatre Technology and Mclcreate.

“We’re also delighted to announce the renewal of our title sponsorship, which will move forward with Aberdeen Standard Investments. Knowing that this relationship will continue to 2021, helps us plan ahead with confidence and we look forward to working with the Aberdeen Standard Investment team over the next three years.”

Richard Slaney, Director of Five Telegrams, said: “Five Telegrams is a huge collaboration, and the fact that we can welcome 15,000 people to come and experience it for free to kick off the opening of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, mirrors the coming together of the commission itself. 59 Productions has been working closely with Anna Meredith since the very start; we’ve shared ideas and themes that Anna has graciously taken into her composition. We’ve also worked for the very first time with some brilliant emerging designers from Edinburgh College of Art on costumes for the live performance, as well as researching the First World War thematic ideas with our commissioners at 14-18 NOW. Bringing all of these elements together for the 3 August Opening Event we hope that audiences will find Five Telegrams both boldly eye-catching as well as thought-provoking”. 

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “In the Year of Young People 2018, it is fantastic to see young people playing a central role in the Opening Event of the world-renowned Edinburgh International Festival. Through their involvement behind the scenes, in costume design and performing as part of a 250 strong youth choir, our young people will present their amazing talents for the whole world to see.

Their contributions will no doubt make for a memorable evening and reinforce Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for events. We are delighted to be supporting the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event through the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund.”

Event Information

Five Telegrams is a twenty-five minute work in five movements, bringing together a symphony orchestra, youth chorus, and large-scale illuminations and projections at Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall. Each of the five movements reflects on modes of communication during the period of the First World War and how it resonates today. Anna Meredith and Richard Slaney from 59 Productions have explored communications carrying messages from the period and identified themes during site visits to The Imperial War Museum throughout the creation and development period.

Five Telegrams draws on five central themes, rooted in the period between 1914-1918 but drawing parallels in contemporary culture:

Ciphers & Codes – the piece will explore visual codes, Morse code, code breaking, Room 40 and the Zimmerman telegram, semaphore and trench codes, informing the musical rhythm and beats which link with the projected imagery.

Redaction – censorship and the containment of communication is explored, examining the loss of personality and character in communications sent home from the field by soldiers due to the reduction and redaction of personal communication.

Propaganda & News Reporting – the disparity between reality and public communications both historically and currently in media provides room for the layering of material where the real truth of a story could be buried and later revealed.

Field Postcards & Personal Communications – text in personal communications, censored or anonymised by the State provides inspiration for choral moments and the sound of young voices alongside the visual texts.

Armistice – marking the end of the conflict and noting the sense of ‘what next?’ and the colossal loss of young lives. Musically, it will build towards an anti-climactic cessation of fighting with a decisive change of landscape at that point in the piece.

59 Productions digital animations will be projected on to surfaces of the Usher Hall in tandem with Meredith’s score creating a moving audio and visual event. The Usher Hall will be mapped and used as the canvas for 59 Productions’ digital projections and the live recording of Anna Meredith’s work played across Festival Square. Edinburgh is Anna Meredith’s home town and the scene of many 59 Productions’ successes, marking a homecoming and a coming together this August.

Five Telegrams is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Scotland’s young people will have an integral and integrated role in realising the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams, from co-design, through to production and delivery. The event will include significant contributions from Scotland’s young people, with the event creatives and teams at the International Festival working in partnership with the Year of Young People 2018 and Edinburgh College of Art within the University of Edinburgh.

Young people have co-designed elements of the project from the performance and costumes to filming and will take up production roles to deliver the event. The Opening Event for the first time includes a live performance element making this an even more immersive experience. 250 young voices are central to the event and will evoke and remind the audience of the catastrophic loss of young lives and place the voices of young people today at the forefront of our reflection on the centenary of the First World War.

Five Telegrams also marks an historic partnership with The BBC Proms that will see two great festivals working closely together. The project will open both the International Festival outside the Usher Hall on 3 August and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 July. This joint production marks the first time the International Festival and the Proms have worked together in this way. Events at both locations are rooted in the same creative content but have distinguishing elements.

Five Telegrams is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Arts Commissions, BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Supported by EventScotland in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, University of Edinburgh, Blue-i Theatre Technology and mcl create

Created by 59 Productions and Anna Meredith

In association with Edinburgh College of Art and Year of Young People 2018