Weston-super-Mare Museum to host Town Choir performance

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 May 2018

Town Choir. Picture: Emily Cooper

Town Choir. Picture: Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper

Weston-super-Mare Museum will host a free unscripted show performed by a Canadian theatre company this weekend.

MAYK and Theatre Orchard will take Town Choir to the museum in Burlington Street on Saturday and Sunday.

The show, created by Theatre Replacement, sees performers decide content in real-time based on live-streamed writing.

A group of four writers – made up of people including schoolchildren and senior citizens – will type out observations of the world around them and beam these to a big screen which second year students at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will sing.

The students, known as Take That Thou Theatre, will use the lyrics to create an innovative performance.

Theatre Orchard director Fiona Matthews said: “This is a choir like you’ve never seen before, telling today’s news in an extraordinary way and with a unique voice.

“Theatre Orchard is delighted to be collaborating with MAYK and the newly-opened Weston Museum to bring this free community event to Weston and to showcase what promises to be a feast for the ears and eyes alike.”

Matthew Hardy, visitor services manager at the museum, added: “We cannot wait to welcome Town Choir to Weston Museum.

“As a community hub for Weston, we always welcome new and innovative ways to engage with our audience.

“This project will make perfect use of the newly refurbished museum and highlight the potential of the building for future events.”

Town Choir has been taken to the UK by MAYK as part of a programme of international touring work supported by Arts Council England.

MAYK co-director Matthew Austin said: “This incredible, visionary company from Vancouver, Canada, makes accessible, thrilling performance which involves local participants in a really interesting way.

“Following on from the recent production Contact Gonzo, this is the second time we have worked with our excellent partners at Theatre Orchard and we hope it is the beginning of many future successful collaborations.”

Both shows start at 2pm.

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