UNDERSONG – Verity Standen – 2018/2020 – singer/physical performer
Undersong places you at the meeting point between threads of music.
Voices weave amongst you and around the space, from a whispered duet to a screaming mob.
Nine singers build a vibrant language of a cappella music and movement as they bring to life a series of brand new compositions, which move between tender and expansive.
‘A visceral and life-affirming experience… it was possible to catch the reactions of the audience at the very heart of this performance: faces of wonder, of fear and of hilarity.’ – Bristol 24/7
JEREMIAH – Jack Dean – 2018/2019 – cellist
A raucous new show with live music about England’s forgotten revolution.
Featuring an original score and live band, Jeremiah tells the incredible true story of the much-misunderstood Luddite rebellion.
BEAR AND BUTTERFLY – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2017/18 – musical director/cellist
Theatre for children and young people. Originally devised by the company in 2015, directed by Dani Parr, with script input from Phil Porter. I played Simon McCorry’s original score on cello with electronic effects pedals.
LUNA – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2016 – musical director/cellist/guitarist/singer
Theatre Hullabaloo is a pioneering children’s theatre company creating quality work for children and young people. For Christmas 2016 I joined the company for a run of their under-5’s show, Luna, to accompany the show with a live score on cello, guitar and voice. You can find a review of the 2016 run here.
MMM-HMMM – Verity Standen – 2013 – 2015 – singer/physical performer
I was a singer, performer and collaborator involved in the creation of Verity Standen’s critically acclaimed a capella trio show. The show toured extensively, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Battersea Arts Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol, and a rural tour of the Outer Hebrides.
Mmm Hmmm is a playful, poignant musical journey shaped by three exceptional female voices jumping between sound worlds and lyrical styles.
Using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony, Mmm Hmmm holds a magnifying glass up to snapshots of everyday life. One moment a fragile apology, the next a perilous trip to the First Great Western buffet car…Verity Standen’s original acapella songs evoke the awkward, heartrending and hilarious moments that characterise what it means to be human.
‘A paean to the wonders of the human voice‘
★★★★ Broadway Baby:
‘Mmm Hmmm blends a cappella music, theatre and movement to create something brand new and utterly thrilling.’
HUG – Verity Standen – 2013 – 2015 – singer/hugger
Each audience member is blindfolded. They are then individually hugged by a singer.
Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song.
WINNER of the Off West End TBC Award 2016.
In 2015, it was shortlisted for The Arches Brick Award and a Total Theatre Award.
‘To feel somebody’s thorax vibrate as they tackle an elaborate countermelody feels like the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible… like an antenna to heaven.’
‘Song erupts around you… it’s startling, moving and genuinely immersive.’