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The Swiss violinist Paul Giger has worked since 1983 as a soloist playing a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to contemporary composition, improvisation, jazz, and music of diverse folk traditions. He has also worked with Jan Garbarek, Pierre Favre, Marie-Louise Dähler, Pudi Lehmann and the Hilliard Ensemble. Six of his albums have been released on ECM. David James, counter-tenor has enjoyed an international career as soloist and ensemble singer. He was a founder-member of The Hilliard Ensemble, the internationally renowned vocal chamber group, performing both medieval and renaissance repertoire and contemporary works by Arvo Pärt, James MacMillan, Heinz Holliger and Jan Garbarek.
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FIVE NEW YORKERS are caught in a twisted love affair... with the CITY. This unique musical will expose you to the rawness of life through their triumphs, disappointments, and ever tested perspectives.
Watch the story unfold through their poignant and hilarious journeys to seize their own potential and the possibilities that the city dangles before them. Driven by its kinetic and eclectic score, ISLAND SONG will capture the hearts of every urbanite.
Cast includes: Abby Restall (Making Waves: A Song Cycle - The Hen & Chickens, Flying Seagull Project - Festival Tour) as Caroline, Drou Constantinou (The Iliad & Blyth - Almeida Theatre, Loserville - Electric Theatre, West Side Story - NYMT) as Jordan, Jack Anthony Smart (Mamma Mia! - Royal Caribbean, Frankie’s Guys - UK Tour, Cinderella - Lincoln Theatre Royal) as Cooper, Joshua Wills (Smurfs! Live on Stage - World Tour, Alvinnn! and the Chipmunks - Singapore, Geronimo Stilton - Asia Tour) as Will and Stephanie Lysé (Beauty and The Beast - The Radlett Centre, The Mikado - UK Tour, When Midnight Strikes, Drayton Arms Theatre) as Shoshana.
They are directed by Christian Bullen (Wizard of Oz - Harrow Arts Centre, When Midnight Strikes - Drayton Arms Theatre, From Page to Stage - The Other Palace, West Side Story - Memo Arts Centre) and musically directed by Ben Papworth (TRW BEAM 2018 - Theatre Royal Stratford East, The York Proms, Gypsy - Grand Opera House York, Vanity von Glow - The Phoenix Artist Club).
Previews at the Tristan Bates Theatre, from THURSDAY 29 - 30 March 2018 before transferring to The Nursery Theatre from THURSDAY 12 - MONDAY 16 APRIL 2018.
Charles I’s French-born consort was assertive, sophisticated and fashionable, and she played an active role in the court masque, the luxury trade and the visual arts. While her influence on art at the Stuart court has traditionally been downplayed, she was more than just a portrait subject; she was also a patron and a director of display in her palaces.
In this talk, Erin Griffey will provide an overview of Henrietta Maria’s patronage, taste and networks. As a Catholic whose godfather was Pope Urban VIII, she had a strong affinity for religious pictures and was central to diplomatic gifts and commissions involving the papacy. She embraced the potential of artworks to commemorate her family, aid her devotions and showcase her refined taste.
This event will be BSL interpreted.
Dr Erin Griffey is Associate Professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a specialist in early modern court culture, especially patronage, material culture and portraiture at the Stuart court. She is author of On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court (Yale University Press, 2015) and regularly gives talks on Henrietta Maria’s life, patronage and palaces, including at Hampton Court, the Queen’s House in Greenwich, Oxford, and the Rubenianum in Antwerp.
Marking 25 years as President of the Royal College of Music (RCM), HRH The Prince of Wales honors some of those who have made important contributions to music in a ceremony at the conservatoire’s South Kensington home.
Celebrated pianist Sir András Schiff was awarded an Honorary Doctorate having given several masterclasses at the RCM in recent years. Sir András has worked with most major international orchestras and conductors and won numerous international honours. In 1999 he founded the Cappella Andrea Barca orchestra which brought together some of the finest musicians from around the world.
British pianist Nicholas McCarthy was made an HonRCM, having enjoyed a flourishing career since becoming the first one-handed pianist to graduate from the RCM in 2012. Nicholas said: ‘I am delighted to be recognised as an honorary member of the Royal College of Music. I hope this recognition will serve as a positive example for other disabled musicians and help me in my continuing campaign to get more disabled musicians into the arts.’
Pioneering genetic scientist Professor Lord Winston, who has led important breakthroughs in IVF treatment, was made a Fellow of the RCM (FRCM). A lover of music, Lord Winston was Chairman of the RCM for ten years and recently made Vice President of the College by HRH The Prince of Wales.
On receiving his Fellowship, Professor Lord Robert Winston said: ‘I am passionate about the Royal College of Music and immensely proud to be honoured in today’s ceremony. As Vice President of the College and now Fellow, I look forward to my continued association with the RCM for many years to come and remain committed to an institution which nurtures the most exceptional musical talent from across the globe.’
One of UK radio’s most beloved personalities Sean Rafferty MBE was made an HonRCM. Sean has been presenting BBC Radio 3’s flagship musical programme, In Tune, for 20 years. He has been chairman of Opera Theatre Company, Dublin, which tours all over the world and is currently patron of Northern Ireland Opera and Belfast Music Society.
Victoria, Lady Robey OBE, founder of the charity London Music Masters – which works to ensure that every child has access to extraordinary music – and member of the RCM Council from 2007–2017 was also honoured.
HRH The Prince of Wales heard the RCM’s new organ for the first time during today’s ceremony. The organ, designed and built by Flentrop Orgelbouw as part of the College’s transformative More Music development, is an exceptional facility for RCM students. HRH The Prince of Wales heard RCM alumnus Sir Hubert Parry’s Chorale Prelude on ‘St. Ann’s’ performed on the new organ by RCM professor in charge of organ, David Graham. Fourth year organist Laurence Long further demonstrated the versatility of the new instrument with a performance of Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645) by J S Bach.
The concert also featured performances from exceptional recent graduates: recorder player and Queen Elizabeth Rose Bowl recipient Katie Cowling, bass-baritone Julien Van Mallaerts and violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish, recipients of the prestigious Gold Medals. Composer and pianist Eduardo Andrade, an RCM scholar who has scored 25 projects internationally in the past two years, was the recipient of the President’s Award. As a pianist Eduardo has been a soloist in his native Mexico and will have his British debut at Cadogan Hall in May 2018. Katie Cowling performs regularly with recorder quartet BLOCK4, winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble competition, whilst RCM Viola Competition winner Bryony Gibson-Cornish recently joined the award-winning Marmen Quartet. Julien Van Mallaerts won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and first prize in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Award. He is soon to make his debut with the Royal Ballet at the Barbican.
Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music, said: ‘The annual visit by our President, HRH The Prince of Wales, is a highlight of the Royal College of Music calendar. I am delighted to welcome him in this anniversary year to hear the magnificent new organ and honour the individuals who have made important contributions to the RCM and wider musical community.'
The season opens with On The Buttons’ Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka. Inspired by real life stories, this rollercoaster one-woman show presents a frank, funny and open exploration of a topic that too often remains taboo: the challenge of overcoming anxiety.
Following Don’t Panic! is the much-anticipated Breaking Out. Chosen from over 45 entries, the selected shows are: Poke in the Eye’s Libby’s Eyes – an experimental production about a young woman navigating a world she can't see; Sleepless’ Nine Foot Nine - a fully accessible show that explores a world in which every self-identifying women suddenly grows to nine foot nine inches; This Noise’s No One is Coming to Save You which uses the nineties classic children’s movie Matilda as a lens into a tragic event of a young woman; Paper Creatures explore the life of a young man who is sectioned in Section 2; Second Circle Theatre will create an interactive date night with a difference in their production Kiss Chase, and leoe&hyde bring an electronic musical exploring the intricacies of Grindr and gay dating in Manchester.
Following Breaking Out, The Bunker plays host to both the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up project and Drama Studio London’s end of year showcase.
The season concludes with Athenaeum Productions’ Breathe – the latest play by George Jaques. Directed by Hannah Hauer-King (from The Bunker’s resident company Damsel Productions), Breathe is a bold production exploring six young people impacted by teenage suicide. It is presented in partnership with ChildLine.
Director Joshua McTaggart comments, I am thrilled that The Bunker's Summer Season champions and celebrates 'The Company'. From established ensembles to emerging artists, summer at The Bunker will see an incredible range of performances, styles, and ideas all presented by groups who collaborate and create their work together. At the centre of this programming are the six winners of our Breaking Out project, chosen from an incredible application pool of 45 companies. These six companies are just at the beginning of their journeys, but the work they are planning to create is sharp, contemporary, and ambitious, and I know our audiences are going to be fascinated by the stories these young artists have to tell.
The Bunker’s Summer Season 2018 is as follows:
Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka (On The Button Theatre) Tuesday 29th May – Saturday 9th June, 7pm (Saturday and Sunday, 3pm matinees) Bum-bag? Check. Luminescent shell suit? Check. Positive attitude in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges? Hell yeah! Inspired by real life stories, award-winning company on the button presents a frank, funny and open exploration of a topic that too often remains taboo: the challenge of overcoming anxiety. Starring Sophie Winter, this roller-coaster of a one-woman show channels the spirit of someone for whom no challenge is too big: Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka.
Breaking Out – Monday 11th June – Saturday 7th July Libby’s Eyes (Poke in the Eye) Every Monday and Thursday – 7pm
Libby is blind. But she works. And she’s a generally functioning adult. Inspirational. For being a functioning adult. And blind. Her life suddenly changes when she is forced to rely on Cortana - a government-issued robot. Cortana is constructed by a well-meaning engineer to describe things without bias and effectively be Libby’s eyes but when Libby starts to suspect that Cortana is defective, she has an internal and external battle. Does she try and fix the defect to fit a society that is trying to ‘fix’ her? Written by disabled playwright Amy Bethan Evans and starring awardnominated comedian and actor Georgie Morrell, Libby’s Eyes examines what it is to be disabled in today’s society and the problems of viewing it through the non-disabled gaze.
Nine Foot Nine (Sleepless) Every Monday and Thursday – 8:30pm
Cara and Nate are a hard-working young couple looking to start a family. Together they’re bumbling through the daunting world of pregnancy tests, maternity clothes and flat pack cot building. That is, until suddenly a vast proportion of all the women in the world start to grow - centimetre by centimetre, foot by foot, with science powerless to stop them. The awareness that women are now physically more powerful than men sends shockwaves through society, fracturing age-old assumptions and prejudices. How do political regimes react? What will happen to industry, media, families, sex? And, more importantly, what comes next? Brought to life by Sleepless Theatre Company, this innovative new play examines the changing labels of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ and a world where the gender balance is forever altered.
No One is Coming to Save You (This Noise) Every Tuesday and Friday – 7pm
Two voices, two stories: an insomniac is watching TV in a language he doesn’t understand and a woman is stood in a garden stretching her arms to the sky. The whole world is asleep and something terrible is just around the corner. Lyrical, eerie and hypnotic, No One is Coming to Save You is the story of the wait for dawn in a suburban garden - a slow-build gasp from two lives lived in social, political and economic fear. Supported by Arts Council England, This Noise makes theatre about the politics of the here and now, by, with and for young people.
Section 2 (Paper Creatures) Every Tuesday and Friday – 8:30pm
Following their highly successful debut show Flood, Paper Creatures Theatre return with this hardhitting drama by emerging playwright Peter Imms. Directed by Georgie Staight (Into The Numbers, Finborough Theatre) and with an original score composed by Benjamin Winter, this part verbatim drama is drawn from Imms’ personal experiences and hones in on an aspect of mental health that is rarely addressed in theatre - sectioning. This bold new play shines a light on the desperate and determined measures taken to reconnect with someone on the road to recovery.
Kiss Chase (Second Circle Theatre) Every Wednesday and Saturday – 7pm
Inspired by interviews with lovers across the UK, Second Circle Theatre’s Kiss Chase holds tales of first love, broken hearts, no sex before marriage, the walk of shame, holding hands and standing alone when the lights go up. Expect whispered secrets, dad dancing and relentless foreplay. Set far in the depths of the digital generation, this thrilling production follows Second Circle Theatre’s debut show Meeting at 33 which had a highly successful sell-out run at The Pleasance.
GUY: A New Musical (leoe&hyde) Every Wednesday and Saturday – 8:30pm
From the creators of multi-award-winning The Marriage of Kim K, leoe&hyde return with an uplifting new musical about modern masculinity, body image, and the hook-ups and downs of dating in the 21st century. Sometimes sexy and always real, GUY is a game-changing gay rom-com for the 2010s. With nakedly honest characters, this is a thought-provoking glimpse behind the veil of modern masculinity, male beauty standards, and unspoken prejudices within marginal communities. Tied together with a pioneering and infectiously catchy electronic score, GUY channels floor-filling EDM anthems, indie electronica, queer hip-hop, and PC Music with the lyrical charm of Sondheim, and the earworm melodies of Schwartz.
Breathe Tuesday 31st July – Saturday 5th August – 7:30pm
‘Just breathe’. Often this is the best advice we have to offer anyone when the pressures of life get too much. But what about when these two words just aren’t enough? In our relentless pursuit for perfection - to look perfect, to act perfect, to be perfect - the overwhelming pressure cannot always be remedied by these two worn out words. Breathe, the latest play by George Jaques, explores the anxieties of everyday life and how that manifests into three adolescent couples who are radically different but ultimately united by their shared burden. Directed by Hannah Hauer-King, this powerful production is presented in partnership with ChildLine.
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