BEAR AND BUTTERFLY – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2017/18
Theatre Hullabaloo are celebrating the opening of their brand new flagship venue for children and families in Darlington – The Hullabaloo – with their production of Bear and Butterfly. Devised by the company in 2015, directed by Dani Parr, and with script input from Phil Porter, this Christmas Run and January/February tour will end in London at Watermans. I am playing Simon McCorry’s live score on the cello with various effect pedals.
LUNA – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2016
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, using an array of effect pedals. You can find a review of the 2016 run here.
MMM-HMMM – Verity Standen – 2013 – 2015
I was involved in the initial devising of this arts council funded show in Bristol back in 2013, and performed it across the country until Autumn 2015. Notable places in the various tours were the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Battersea Arts Centre, 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
I was a key member of this critically acclaimed show from 2013 – 2015, which also toured extensively during this time.
“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.
HUG won 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.’