Sat 15 Mar 2014 | 7.30pm (at Tramway) | £14/£10 (Behaviour festival passes available for £48/£38)
Original text: Frank Alva Buecheler
Music/arrangement: Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy)
English Translation and project co-ordination: Tim Clarke
Direction: Matt Fenton
Design/Digital projections: Simon Wainwright (imitating the dog)
Ensemble: Leentje Van de Cruys (vocals), Fredrik Holm (piano), The Ligeti Quartet (strings)
Featuring haunting, stunning projected images, and a live string ensemble, In May is a beautiful and sumptuous piece of music theatre charting the end of one man’s life.
In May takes the form of a series of letters from a son to a father, each set to music composed by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The letters cover the final months of a man in the advanced stages of cancer, and undergoing a period of chemotherapy. He has sent everyone in his life away – his father, his lover – and we are left to puzzle, as they are: for what reason?
Sung from the perspective of Anna, the man’s bereaved lover, the show is a moving and at times funny meditation in song: on life, family, fathers and sons, and the perspective that death might bring to our sense of the beauty of the world.
N.B. This performance takes place at Tramway, 25 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE.
Please enter at 253 Argyle Street
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