Sunday, 20 May 2012

Songs For A New World (musical theatre)

The Eastbourne Theatre Company will be performing Songs For A New World at Leaf Hall in June in support of St Wilfrid's Hospice. 

A relatively new company, Eastbourne Theatre was set up by Helen Ward-Jackson with Thomas Hopkins in 2011 and I think this will be their third show. Its main aim is to work with young talent and to put on productions that can inspire young and old to embrace theatre and ''Bring It To Life''.

A premiere in the South-East, the American show Songs For A New World is probably best described as a 'theatrical song cycle' rather than a full-blown musical. The sixteen songs were originally written for other occasions but they all share the same theme of 'one moment in time'. Composer Jason Robert Brown said of his show, "It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, (to) take a stand, or turn around and go back." The music is heavily influenced by different genres including gospel, jazz and classical and, due to this variety, the vocal parts are interesting and challenging.
Between them, the four performers - Helen Ward-Jackson, Natalie Roberts, Gareth Brighton, Adam Hepkin - will take on American history and culture with roles as varied as Christopher Columbus, Betsy Ross, Mrs Saint Nicholas and a basketball player.


Leaf Hall, Tue 12th - Thu 14th June, 19:30.
£10 (£5.50 concs) plus £2 booking fee at Tourist Information Centre - 0871 663 0031.

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