All the Right Notes
'All the Right Notes, taking place at Camden People's Theatre 15 November - 3 December, is the UK’s first festival of innovative gig theatre - bringing together trailblazing work from the place where theatre and live music meet.
It’s a festival featuring not only theatre-makers whose work is driven by live music, but music acts whose work is audaciously theatrical, programmed in partnership with DJ and journalist Joe Muggs. They meet in the middle, splicing for your delight the hothouse thrill of live music and the buzz of inventive contemporary theatre.
Rachel Mars’ Our Carnal Hearts (24 & 25 Nov) is an exploration of envy, told against the backdrop of a surround sound, live choral score, from the creator of The Way You Tell Em, The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian, and Story #1. Mingbeast returns with Awful Things Can Happen At Any Time (29 Nov – 3 Dec), a portrait of two wannabe rockstars forming the band they’ve always wanted to be in.
DoppelDanger (17 – 19 Nov) is the first work from She Goat, a new company formed by Eugenie Pastor and Shamira Turner – associate artists of Little Bulb Theatre and real life doppelgangers. The show, shared as a work-in-progress, is a theatrical live music gig, drawing on influences as varied as 90s girl band pop, Franz Schubert, alt-folk and Jean-Baptiste Rameau’s harpsichord compositions in an exploration of doubling and multiplication.
Alongside the theatre bill, journalist and DJ Joe Muggs programmes a live line up of musicians whose work includes elements of theatricality and storytelling. Aisha Orzbayeva & Tim Etchells’ Seeping Through (26 Nov) is a rolling improvisation combining spoken text and music. Flowdan (18 Nov), one of the foremost figures and greatest storytellers in UK Grime, will perform, for the first time ever, an unplugged set, with his unique, narrative lyrics stripped from their soundsystem context. The Memory Band (25 Nov) presents a distinctive blend of spoken word, field recordings, folklore, mixed with traditional British music forms and digital machinery.
To celebrate the launch of the festival, for one night only, the UK’s most exciting theatre-makers will sack off their scripts, turn their amps up to eleven, and play some tunes. The line-up includes Mingbeast, She Goat, Conrad Murray (Beats & Elements) and Chris Brett Bailey (This is How We Die). And Will Dickie brings the festival to a close in riotous fashion with The Rave Space (2 & 3 Dec), a live art DJ set situated between rave and religious experience.
As somebody smart once said, “all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”.