An absolute pleasure – I can’t think of a better way to spend £5. Who’d have ever thought story-telling could be so seductive?
The City of Lost Notes – in development
This project is a collaboration between White Rabbit and Marcella Puppini.
Following the success of Are You Sitting Comfortably, the acclaimed sell-out performance story telling event, White Rabbit will create a new theatrical show of new tales for the new millennium, with live original music by Marcella and her orchestra THE FORGET ME NOTS. – the narratives will unfold through performance, spoken word and music.
The stories will be inspired by urban myths, “true” tall tales found on the internet, in newspapers and contemporary mysteries. They will mythologize and celebrate the times we live in with humour and pathos, whilst referencing and being influenced by classic fairytales and myths.
Bernadette Russell is a performer, writer and comedian, she has performed for National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, Assembly Rooms, Manchester Royal Exchange, Traverse, Shunt, BAC, Lyric Theatre, Riverside Studios,as well as in telephone boxes, swimming pools, and fetish clubs. Her play “The Missionary’s Position “ was Critic’s Choice in Time Out (2009).
Gareth Brierley has worked with the RSC, People Show, The Really Useful Company, Manchester Royal Exchange, Lone Twin, Stans Café, Theatre Rites, Forced Entertainment and Station House Opera. As a writer he has won the Brighton Festival Angel Award 2008 for Artistic Excellence, Edinburgh Fringe First Nomination 2008, and was in Top 5 Shortlist for the Carol Tambor (New York) "Best of Edinburgh" Award. ‘Nice People’ is currently being broadcast on SKY ARTS.
Marcella Puppini is the founder of famous UK vocal trio The Puppini Sisters and is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Marcella was Musical Director and songwriter for The Whoopee Club and has worked with Carnesky’s Ghost Train, Stacked Wonky and The Real Tuesday Weld. Marcella founded The Forget Me Nots - an all-girl Post-Apocalyptic Cabaret 8 strong orchestra.
White Rabbit is Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley. They began Are You Sitting Comfortably? In 2008 at Toynbee Studios, inspired by a shared love of short stories and the radio show “Listen With Mother.” They have written and performed for the shows every month, and have included the work of over 60 new writers, to sell out crowds at Toynbee Studios and also at The Basement in Brighton. Each month they focus on a broad theme (Gothic, Anarchy, Magic, Love etc) and accompany the stories with beautiful visuals, free cupcakes, a great playlist and party games. They encourage fancydress, and celebrate short fiction and the art of storytelling in a theatrical setting. They have a developing relationship with online publishers Ether Books, and an album of short stories “White Rabbit Tales” shortly to be released on itunes, produced by the BBC. They are collaborating with House of Fairytales on “All Washed Up” a story telling installation for children (Thames Festival).
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