Sunday, 4 August 2013

GALA - Recorded live at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

"An entertaining and colourful scena, musically illustrated by Phizmiz’s wittily sampled montage." - The Daily Telegraph

"Fabulous...hilarious...we came out blinking, dazed, and happy" -

Hear a live recording of "GALA" at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival ...

Look at Claire Shovelton's photographs of "GALA" here.

Read a review of "GALA" (**** "Fabulously weird...fantastic stuff") at OneStopArts.

A full video of the show is coming soon. Huge thanks to everybody involved in this production, it was a real treat.

Puppet Centre and Tête à Tête co-production in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Music and Words: Ergo Phizmiz
Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Designer/Puppetry: Isobel Smith
Music Director: Timothy Burke
Assistant Music Director: James Young
Stage Manager: Claire Bamford
Lighting & Production Management: Bob Watts

Photographs by Claire Shovelton

Gala: Becca Marriot
Jesus Christ Superstar: Alex Gilchrist
Maid: Laura Monaghan
Dali Machine built by: Paul Harrison
Violin Samples played by: Amie Willingale
Puppeteers: Isobel Smith, Teele Uustani, Darren East

Trinity Laben Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Head of Vocal Studies: Linda Hurst
Puppet Centre Director: Linda Lewis

Gala is a puppet-opera inspired by the aged Gala Dali’s rapacious relationship with Jeff Fenholt, a young actor then playing the role of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway.
In a collaboration springing from the 2012 Puppetry in Opera Conference, Tête à Tête works with Isobel Smith (Grist to the Mill), and puppeteers together with singers from Trinity Laban on a longer commission from Festival favourite Ergo Phizmiz following his 2012 Lite Bite Care in the Community.

Photographs by Claire Shovelton

Gala is supported by Grants for the Arts and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

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