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Iris Theatre 'Musical Blind Date' project

Just had a very exciting 'musical blind date' with composer Harry Atlee, on the Iris Theatre new songs project.  Our brief was, like the 20 or so other 'musical blind date' composers and lyricists, to write a new song, inspired by Shakespeare's As You Like It.   We had our first meeting - v nervewracking meeting a complete stranger and setting to and writing.  We've got til mid January.  Wish us luck! 

 
Iris Theatre 'Musical Blind Date' project

Just had a very exciting 'musical blind date' with composer Harry Atlee, on the Iris Theatre new songs project.  Our brief was, like the 20 or so other 'musical blind date' composers and lyricists, to write a new song, inspired by Shakespeare's As You Like It.   We had our first meeting - v nervewracking meeting a complete stranger and setting to and writing.  We've got til mid January.  Wish us luck! 

 
On the Banks of the Seine

On the Banks of the Seine

A delightfully atmospheric stroll through the backstreets of Paris 1930s +.  A bi-lingual, cabaret-style concert of fabulous French chansons, and sultry tangos, plus some surprises.  Some Edith Piaf and Brel favourites, 'naturellement', and other glorious French classics rarely heard in the UK. 

'Jameson makes a fine job of the chansons and Viazzani's playing is full of colour' (The Times)

A rare chance to enjoy the wonderfully evocative sound of the accordion, and played by such a virtuoso.  Jameson's voice has an authenticity that perfectly compements.'  (Devon Life)

This will be a lively evening to say the least, as the Bournemouth French-speaking community has got hold of the set list and is brushing up on the songs. 

This show is also available for private functions, and is particularly suitable for intimate soirées with a French or Parisian theme.   Our functions are very varied, including Wadham College, Oxford's 400th Anniversary gala evening, corporate functions and regular appearances at the Bastille Day festival in Southwark, London.

 
Arts council and other funding applications

Cup of coffee, check.  application guidance notes, check. bleary head after recent gig, check.  

Hey ho.  Actually, I used to really struggle with the funding application process.  

Now I find it really makes me focus and work harder to translate what I have in my head into accurate and interesting words

that show the depth and breadth of the idea.  To work.  Watch this space as - hopefully - we'll be devising a new show soon and inviting you

to take part in the creative process.  Audiences mostly get to see the finished article (if a show is ever 'finished' as such). We want to experiment

with involving the audience in the creation of the show.  Not easy for the performers as creating new work makes you feel very vulnerable at times

and also not easy for the audience to see snippets of ideas but we're keen to try this.  

 

 
On the Banks of the Seine

Available as a duo, with Bethany Jameson and Romano Viazzani, or as a quartet, as Declan Daly and Nick Pini join the Vérité Cabaret team.

Dates include

29th June 2012 - The Green Note, Camden

30th June 2012 - The Lyric Theatre, Bridport

1st July 2012 - The Winchester Pub, Bournemouth

And do contact us if you would like to book the showfor a private function.  We have played at all sorts of events, Wadham College Oxford's 400th Anniversary party, 7 Dials Club in Covent Garden, corporate functions, gay clubs ... 

  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 07786 154530.  See the Shows page on this site for show info and reviews.

 
London Bastille Day Festival

London Bastille Day festival at Southwark and Borough Market was absolutely brilliant this year!  Loads happening out on the streets, in the restaurants, everything from waiter's races to the newly legalised absinthe tasting.  I thoroughly enjoyed singing Piaf with the very talented Barnaby Southgate, accordionist, actor, pianist ... and a highly participative audience (merci à toutes et à tous!) and sharing a stage with Le QuecumBar Allstars, Dan Teper and with Mazaika (Igor Outkine and Sarah Harrison). 

 
Death of an Accordionist (Working Title)

Our project for 2012, started this summer. We are delighted to be working with an exceptional director, Lee Hart, who has just completed a project with Nell Leyshon and worked with the likes of Footsbarn and exciting new writer, Simon McCormack.  They saw a scratch performance at Salisbury Arts Centre of some of our new ideas, and we felt we could make music theatre magic together, in theory.  To test the theory, and establish whether the four of us could create something truly exciting and new, we held a one-day workshop.  We stripped The Accordionist back to its barest of bones: a woman, singer, a man, accordionist, a voice, Piaf, the accordion (three accordions in fact) and the physical space. Nothing else. We spent a heady day mixing and matching live and recorded sound and voice, songs, the percussive as well as voiced sounds of the accordion, Simon's incisive monologue and dialogue ideas and even Romano's accordion repairers’ manual, which contains a wealth of double entendres such as: ‘as the accordion ages, some of the wooden parts will curve somewhat …’ plus some physical theatre explorations which pushed us musicians to the limit. We were all blown away with the results.  Watch this space!

 
The Accordionist-How it all began....

Well, it all started two years ago.  I’ve always had a real fascination with Edith Piaf and adored her songs because they’re such powerful stories, they’re little plays in their own right really, and her troubled life but her passion for life has always interested me.  I had an idea for this character, Jacqueline Lacroix, who shares some of that energy and passion but also that drive and the self-destruction as well.

 
Magnifique Premiere of The Accordionist!

WOW! Last night was the premiere of the show at the Lighthouse Studio, Poole which saw the small but enthusiastic audience singing and clapping along to classics by Edith Piaf sung in native French, and entertained by powerful new songs written by me & Romano Viazzani.  We really enjoyed the performance and had a rousing rendition of Milord at the end! Our grateful thanks to everyone who made it possible to bring the show to the stage…..can’t wait until tonight’s performance!

This timeless love story set over 20 years in a Café Theatre, is emotionally played out through song, a ‘truly authentic’ performance, as described by a member of the audience, by me as the alcoholic Piaf tribute singer Jacqueline Lacroix, whose past comes back to taunt her.  Romano is masterful on accordion, providing an atmospheric musical commentary to support the dialogue. A range of musical styles are played including a sexy ‘Tango for One’ and instantly recognisable Piaf songs such as La Vie en Rose and Je ne Regrette Rien, which enthused the audience and left them wanting more.  At times desperate and heart-rending yet retaining a cheeky sense of humour, the duo reveal their passion for each other through the lyrics of this delightful piece of music theatre, which will continue its run in Poole and Exeter before a 3 week run in London.

Performances at 7.30pm until Friday 11th February with a matinee at 2.30pm on Thursday 10th.  Details at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or telephone 0844 406 8666.

 
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