The Events

Calling all choirs - feature in The Events

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The Events is a brand new play coming to The Drum in at the end of November. Created by renowned Scottish writer, David Greig, The Events asks how far forgiveness will stretch in the face of atrocity. Featuring a soaring soundtrack, the play tells of tragedy, obsession and our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable. Each performance will be totally unique as it features a local choir, and we want your choir to a part of this incredibly exciting project…!

The show has already had successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Young Vic Theatre in London. In total there will be over eighty choirs involved in the show (approximately two thousand singers!) at ten different locations around the UK. Already all the choirs who have been involved have been incredibly varied (in size, in gender split, in repertoire, in age range etc.) but all have been united through their love for singing. We are particularly looking for groups who are excited to be a part of something extraordinary, bringing with them that community spirit that is found within all choirs.

What we are looking for

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic and dedicated choirs who will view this project as an exciting opportunity for all its members. The Events is a ground breaking piece of theatre and it asks much of the choir who is central to the performance. We hope the choirs we work with will rise to this challenge and fully engage with the content of the play, the cast members and audience. We would like to work with choirs who will embark with us on this journey of exploration and help shape this unique theatrical event.

A few requirements

  • The choir size can range between 17 and 30 people. Larger choirs may wish to put forward a smaller group as a representative
  • Members of the choir must be over the age of 16
  • The choir will need to have been together for a minimum of three months
  • The choir will need to have a vocal leader who will champion and lead on learning of material
  • The choir will need to commit to at least 4 hours of rehearsal time. This can of course be combined with the choir’s weekly rehearsals for other performances.
  • The choir will need to nominate a group contact leader (perhaps a Choir Secretary) who will liaise with the theatre regarding any choir concerns and questions
  • Choir members will need to agree to being filmed and photographed
  • The choir will be asked to take part in an evaluation process

If you think your choir might be interested in this opportunity then please get in contact with Roxanne Peak-Payne, Community Projects Producer on 01752 230 372 or roxanne.peakpayne@theatreroyal.com.

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