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Let Me Do Good’ (Jul 6th Crashed Records) is the epic new song from James Cramer accompanied by a powerful video shoot in Mexico City by filmmakers David Montouy and Pablo Leon.

David Montouy  says: “When James asked me to make a short film inspired on the song, he knew I had to “speak” from a very personal point of view. Choosing to get it filmed in my hometown was a key element to it. And after spending some time away from home, I was able to spot some things that make Mexico City such a fascinating place”

James Cramer is an artist with numerous strings to his bow, with one concept album under his belt, “The Lights of Lisnaskay”. The release of his first project came about from a love of poetry and a random book selection at a local library. Combining the poems of Fermanagh World War 2 veteran, Matt Duggan, with his own lyrics and musical arrangements, James created a contemporary album. Another solo project brought James together with well-known Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. They wrote, recorded and released the Christmas single ‘Snowflakes Fall’, gaining extensive airplay with what is sure to be a seasonal standard.

A prolific songwriter James has written for and co-written with other singers and songwriters including Luan Parle, Hermitage Green, Darren Holden, Derek Ryan, Grainne Hunt and Eleanor McEvoy.

Previous single ‘My World Again’ is a stunning piano driven ballad and was used in season two of the Canadian CBC network show ‘Hello Goodbye’. James has played shows in Ireland and the USA and continues to work on his debut album.

‘Cramer has created a warm, rich folk-roots record where t he only disappointment is that it’s too short. He’s made the world a little bit better by sharing his love of this unknown treasure.’  RTE ten – Harry Guerin

‘It is a testament to Cramer’s talent, the way in which he can take someone’s already beautiful work and make it more entrancing.’ – Musicandeverything.com music blog

Peepshow

Wednesday 27th June – Saturday 18th August 2018
Tuesday 27th June – Friday 13th
July, 7.45pm
Tuesday 17th July – Friday 17th August, 7.30pm
Saturday, 7pm and 9.30pm
Sunday, 7pm

Circa come to London with Peepshow, an exciting European premiere that turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join ‘the rockstars of the circus world’ as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination. Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful with teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.

By makers of the smash-hit shows Humans, Beyond, Wunderkammer and Closer, Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create an exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.

Playing with the extreme physicality of this troupe of phenomenal acrobats, Circa blur the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. Exploring the concept of looking and being looked at, Peepshow uses circus to explore themes of gender and sexuality on the stage.

Yaron Lifschitz comments, I hope that Peepshow is one of those shows which is able to
transform people’s expectations, bringing us new sensibilities with unexpected pleasures, and bridges the world between art and entertainment. Peepshow is the latest in Circa’s latest postcabaret adventure. These take the form of cabaret and Circa’s medium of circus, add some extra ingredients (in Peepshow’s case a nightclub, a dream and ideas of looking) and shake.

Underbelly Festival is located in Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road.
The nearest underground stations are Waterloo (on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines), Embankment (on the Circle, District and Northern lines) and Westminster (on the Circle, District and
Jubilee lines). The nearest rail station is Waterloo.

Shakespeare's Globe announces full casting for Blanche McIntyre's The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Blanche McIntyre’s The Winter’s Tale, opening in The Globe on Friday 22 June.

Will Keen will play Leontes. Will’s previous theatre work includes Ghosts (Almeida/Brooklyn Academy of Music), Quartermaine’s Arms (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Hysteria (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes The Crown (Netflix), The Musketeers and Wolf Hall (BBC).

Annette Badland will play Old Shepherd. Annette’s previous theatre credits include Stranger At The Table (Pascal Theatre Company), Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), Kin and Hung Over (Royal Court). Television work includes EastEnders (BBC), Outlander (Starz) and Father Brown (BBC). Film includes A Quiet Passion, The Girl in a Bubble and Mother’s Milk.

Priyanga Burford is Hermione. Priyanga’s previous theatre work includes Consent (National Theatre), The Effect (Sheffield Crucible) and Behud (Soho Theatre). Television credits include Press,W1A, King Charles III (BBC), Fearless, Marcella (ITV) and Babylon (Channel 4). Films include Criminal and The Long Way Down.

Sirine Saba will play Paulina, returning to The Globe after appearing as Regan in Nancy Meckler’s King Lear. Sirine’s other theatre work includes Goats (Royal Court), Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere(Young Vic) and The Invisible (Bush Theatre). Television credits include The Black Forest (Urban Fox), Clean Break (ITV), Holby City and Silent Witness (BBC).

Oliver Ryan is Polixenes. Oliver’s previous theatre work includes Dr Faustus, Romeo and Juliet, Morte D’Arthur (RSC), Glengarry Glen Ross (West End) and Oresteia (Trafalgar Studios). Television work includes Casualty (BBC) and Stella (Sky). He also appeared in the film All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott.

Adrian Bower will play Camillo. Adrian’s previous theatre work includes The Herd (Bush Theatre), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios), Hedda (Gate Theatre), and Mr Heracles (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His screen credits include Loves Lies and Records and The Last Kingdom (BBC) and Mount Pleasant (Sky).

Norah Lopez-Holden is Perdita. Norah recently graduated from RADA and was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards in 2017 for her role in Polly Findlay’s Ghosts. Other theatre credits include Othello (Tobacco Factory/ETT), Our Town and The Almighty Sometimes(Manchester Royal Exchange).

Howard Ward is Antigonus. Howard’s previous theatre work includes Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), German Skerries (Orange Tree Theatre) and Monsieur Popular (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes Little Boy Blue (ITV), The Trial and Drifters (Channel 4).

The full cast includes: Annette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward and Rose Wardlaw.

The Winter’s Tale 22 June – 14 October
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Blanche McIntyre  |  Designed by James Perkins  |  Composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge

Brockley Max - South East London's biggest community arts festival - 1st to the 9th June 2018

This fun-filled festival is packed with an abundance of events ranging from gigs, comedy, theatre, art, cabaret and kids activities. From film to photography, walks to workshops there’s something for everyone – and all ages. Most of the events are free and take place in a variety of venues across Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak Park, day and night.

Brockley Max kicks off its opening night on Friday 1st June at 4.30pm with performers of all ages getting the community up on its feet. From humming mummies to jazzy funk, via classical, electronica with a harp and the Mississippi blues, this celebration of musical styles and flavours will ensure there’s entertainment to appeal to everyone.

With over 70 free events throughout the festival, highlights include The Guardian’s celebrated cartoonist and Ladywell resident, Martin Rowson, creating a unique mural remembering Jimmy Mizen; Laugh Train Home – an amazing showcase of locally based but globally known stand-ups; an imaginative retelling of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes; and a night of glittering cabaret from La La Piano Bar!

CD Releases

Tales of Hackney

Arild Andersen, known for his long association with the German label ECM, brings his usual sensitivity and improvisational prowess to this meeting of musical minds. His combination of a lifetime of experience and a beautiful tone make for a inspiring presense when combined with the subtle rich sounds of Clive Bell’s woodwind arsenal and (the project’s curator and leader) Mark Wastell’s delicate and varied percussion textures.

After a live concert performance which gained rave reviews at Cafe Oto in London, the musicians reconvened and spent the next day perfecting their group sound in the studio, running music and specifying technical requirements. Once they were happy with microphone positioning things were set to begin again the following day – a ten hour session which was spent recording together with intermittent periods of rest to reflect on the music and to hear what they had created.

The music, being completely improvised, was fresh to everyone as they listened back to it in the studio. Arild used double bass with some of the custom electronic effects that he has used throughout his career as a creative, forward thinking jazz musician.

Daylight Declines

To mark the composer’s 50th birthday and the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, Nigel Short and Tenebrae release an album of choral works by Polish composer Paweł Łukaszewski on Signum Classics on 1 June.

There is a sacred theme to much of Łukaszewski’s work which is heard throughout the disc, starting with a psalm Cantate Domino, moving through to the lamentations of Jeremiah and ending with a musical setting of the Beatitudes Beati.  The album also includes two Shakespeare Sonnets Like as the waves and Weary with toil, five Tenebrae Responsories and Daylight Declines, the title track.

This will be Tenebrae’s eighteenth disc on Signum Classics, following the recent release of their Symphonic Psalms and Prayers in February 2018 which marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, a disc which the Financial Times called “a master stroke of programming by Nigel Short”.  Tenebrae also recently received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Choral Performance’ for their Music of the Spheres album on their own label Bene Arte (an imprint on Signum Records).

“Paweł Łukaszewski has a distinct style of composing whereby the text is always very clear. The intense spirituality of the words is perfect for Tenebrae as we are able to be expressive with the text.”
Nigel Short, founder and conductor of Tenebrae

Ahead of the release of Daylight Declines, Tenebrae has curated a Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square, hosting workshops, concerts and last-night liturgical events. The Festival’s programme will be underpinned by Paweł Łukaszewski’s Responsoria Tenebrae, which are featured on the album, and will be performed by Tenebrae and Nigel Short in a series of free late-night liturgical events on 28 and 29 March.

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