VENUS BLAZING MUSIC AND THEATRE TRUST
ABOUT PROJECTS CONTACT NEWS
BRIAN FRIEL'S 'PERFORMANCES'
  • PERFORMANCES
    DEVELOPING CHARACTER THROUGH LANGUAGE AND SONG Wilton’s Music Hall premiere of Brian Friel’s PERFORMANCES. Music theatre with the Brodsky Quartet and starring Rosamund Pike and Henry Goodman. Education work sponsored by the Cavatina Music Trust. (2006) Members of VBMT worked alongside young people from communities in Tower Hamlets for whom English is a second language. Each participant had the opportunity through funding from The Cavatina Trust to attend ‘Performances’ featuring Rosamund Pike and The Brodsky Quartet and to work with Director Lou Stein using Janacek’s music, which is featured in Friel’s play to illustrate the emotional content of the language. Character and meaning of the text and dialogues in the play were marked by themes from Janacek’s String quartet ‘Intimate Letters’.
  • GOALS & OBJECTIVES
    The project focused on examining the dramatic characterization of Friel’s language and its relationship with Janacek’s music, using this dramatic interplay to introduce descriptive language word banks. These word banks introduced new words with similar meanings to increase participants’ every day vocabulary usage in portraying emotional states through song and spoken word. Participants worked with director Lou Stein and with composer Deirdre Gribbin on building character descriptions using alternate words to enhance characters personalities. By combining and alternating words with similar meanings: happy, ecstatic, joyous, there was a greater potential to develop dialogue and to find ways to express personality traits and descriptive emotions through song. These were then worked into spoken dialogues, which explored how individuals relate to one another through words and gesture in their everyday life.
  • OUTCOMES
    Understanding language can be a huge barrier to communicating thoughts and ideas. Having first-hand experience of descriptive language and being able to work this into a conversation, song writing or dialogue can empower an individual with greater personal confidence. This literally gives voice to a person and the opportunity for self-expression. One of the strongest outcomes for this project was the acceptance and openness to create and use every day dialogue with new vocabulary and meaning in a safe and supported environment. There was a huge sense of sharing and focus. Being able to relate to Friel’s dialogues and then performing work on the actual set at Wilton’s had an enormous impact on the young participants who resided in Tower Hamlets. They were encouraged to write their own stories and to create their own dramatic character exchanges resulting in highly personal and revealing song portraits.
(C) 2018 VENUS BLAZING MUSIC AND THEATRE TRUST
<< RETURN PERFORMING DIFFERENCE