In a fixed location, writers type out observations of the world unfolding around them. In that same moment, a town choir receives these observations via a large screen and sings them out to the public.
Drawing on patterns of relaying information that mirror Twitter or Facebook,Town Choir treats everyday considerations as news. Intimate and minute details are transmitted through the ether, and then filtered through the live body in an epic choral declaration.
Town Choir is the musical iteration of Theatre Replacement’s Town Criers project, a continuing series of site-oriented performances that are built through partnerships with an artist or company and a festival or venue in any given location. Town Criers was first presented in residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Vancouver in 2016, and has toured to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Whitehorse, Everybody’s Spectacular and A! Festivals in Iceland in Reykjavik and Akureyri and Experimentica at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. Town Choir premiered at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver and has toured to the Dublin Fringe Festival.
Town Choir will tour to Weston-super-Mare (26 and 27 May), Derby, and Folkestone after Mayfest 2018.
“Some of Canada’s best experimental theatre makers.”
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Town Choir is supported by the Unity Theatre Trust using public funding by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Fund
Image by Emily Cooper