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JON NICHOLLS

JON NICHOLLS' ECLECTIC WORK RANGES FROM OPERAS AND ELECTROACOUSTIC COMPOSITIONS TO NUMEROUS COLLABORATIONS WITH THEATRE AND FILM-MAKERS, EXTENSIVE MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN FOR BBC RADIO DRAMA (PRIX ITALIA JURY SPECIAL MENTION), NEW MUSIC FOR JAVANESE GAMELAN AND OVER 200 MUSIC / SOUND-SCORES FOR THEATRE COMPANIES INCLUDING THE NATIONAL THEATRE, SHARED EXPERIENCE, SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE, THE GATE, BIRMINGHAM REP, NORTHERN STAGE, THEATR CLWYD AND MANY OTHERS. HE'S COMPOSED SEVERAL OPERAS / MUSIC-THEATRE PIECES INTEGRATING ELECTRONICS AND LIVE MUSICIANS, MOST RECENTLY FLICKER, DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR NEURO-DISABILITY WITH SUPPORT FROM THE WELLCOME TRUST, WHICH WAS PREMIERED AT SADLERS WELLS IN 2013.

SOME OF HIS LONG-STANDING COMPOSITIONAL INTERESTS INCLUDE: THE EXTENDED POSSIBILITIES OF THE HUMAN VOICE, OPERA / MUSIC-THEATRE, THE COMBINING OF INSTRUMENTAL FORCES WITH ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC TEXTURES / SOUNDSCAPES, THE INTEGRATION OF MUSIC AND SOUND WITH A STRONG VISUAL / THEATRICAL LANGUAGE, AND AN INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO THE CREATION OF NEW WORK.

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IDOMENEUS

BY ROLAND SCHIMMELPFENNIG
TRANSLATED BY DAVID TUSHINGHAM
GATE THEATRE, LONDON

ROLAND SCHIMMELPFENNIG’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAY IS A MAZE-LIKE POLYVOCAL TAKE ON THE MYTH OF THE CRETAN KING IDOMENEUS, WHO BECAME TRAPPED IN A STORM ON THE WAY HOME FROM TROY AND PROMISED TO SACRIFICE THE FIRST LIVING THING HE MET ON HIS RETURN HOME. UNFORTUNATELY THIS WAS HIS SON..HOWEVER, THE REST IS NOT HISTORY BUT A WHIRLING, OBSESSIVE, SOMETIMES TRAGIC, SOMETIMES EXHILARATING REPEATED REWRITING OF THE STORY FROM MULTIPLE ANGLES. THE MUSIC / SOUND SCORE MIXED PROCESSED VOICE AND PREPARED PIANO SOUNDS WITH MORE LYRICAL MOMENTS, SHARPLY BROKEN UP BY ABSTRACT GLITCHY INTERJECTIONS WHICH REPEATEDLY AND ABRUPTLY CUT SHORT EACH SUCCESSIVE REWRITING OF THE STORY.

DIRECTOR: ELLEN MCDOUGALL

DESIGNER: ANA INES JABARES PITA

LIGHTING DESIGN: LIZZIE POWELL

COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER: B

CAST: ALEX AUSTIN, JON FOSTER, MARK MONERO, SUSIE TRAYLING, ONY UHIARA


WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ

AN ADAPTION OF ELLIOT WEINBERGER’S VERBATIM DRAMA BY SIMON LEVY
COMMISSIONED AND DEVELOPED BY RADIO 4.

ELIOT WEINBERGER’S LONG AND CONTINUALLY EVOLVING PROSE POEM PAINTS A TERRIFYING PICTURE OF THE WAR IN THE GULF THROUGH A DEVASTATING ACCUMULATION OF FACTUAL DETAILS DRAWN FROM REPORTS, NEWSPAPERS, OFFICIAL UTTERANCES AND EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS, LINKED BY THE REPEATED CHORIC CHANT; ‘I HEARD THAT…’. THIS RADIO 4 ADAPTATION IS A COMPLEX MONTAGE OF SOUND, MUSIC AND VERBATIM TESTIMONY, WOVEN TOGETHER WITH BROODING SOUNDSCAPES AND CELLO PLAYED BY JAMES HESFORD. THE MUSIC / SOUND SCORE RECEIVED A JURY SPECIAL MENTION AT THE PRIX ITALIA.

DIRECTED: TIM DEE

COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER: JON NICHOLLS

CAST: TONY PASQUALINI, BERNADETTE SPEAKES, DARCY HALSEY, MARC CASABANI, RYUN YU