This week saw the first production meeting and modelbox presentation:
And excitingly, all songs scored and typeset!
Rehearsals begin next week…
Approaching the problem of knowing what a new song sounds like when it features multiple vocalists, one of whom is a soprano…
We demo some new songs to the directors. It would be fair to say that we are not singers, but I am comforted by the story of Todd Duncan, the original Porgy, who recalls hearing the opera for the first time when George and Ira Gershwin “stood there with their awful, rotten, bad voices and sang the whole score”…
Meanwhile the storyboard continues to take shape:
Following their support of our initial R&D period, we are vey pleased to have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to further support the full development of the show.
A fascinating trip to the Old Operating Theatre with one of our scientific collaborators Dr Alan Bates, Senior Lecturer in Pathology at UCL, seen here describing a typical autopsy:
Many interesting discoveries made, but here are some of the key points we took away from our discussions:
On conducting an autopsy:
On Tarrare’s specific condition:
Delighted to have been successful in our application for a Wellcome Trust Small Arts award. This will support both the creation of the show as well as meetings with medical and scientific advisors and a series of related events (post-show discussions and Performing the Freak – A Dialogue between Theatre and Science about Monstrosity), an 8 page programme with information about the research and scientific collaboration underpinning the show, and a project website.