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Gala

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd August, 2013

Gala
Puppet Centre and Tête à Tête co-production in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Music and Words: Ergo Phizmiz

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Designer/Puppetry: Isobel Smith
Music Director: Timothy Burke
Assistant Music Director: James Young
Stage Manager: Claire Bamford
Lighting & Production Management: Bob Watts

Gala: Becca Marriot
Jesus Christ Superstar: Alex Gilchrist
Maid: Laura Monaghan
Dali Machine built by: Paul Harrison
Violin Samples played by: Amie Willingale
Pupeteers: Isobel Smith, Teele Uustani, Darren East

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Head of Vocal Studies: Linda Hirst
Puppet Centre Director: Linda Lewis

Gala is a puppet-opera inspired by the aged Gala Dali’s rapacious relationship with Jeff Fenholt, a young actor then playing the role of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway.

In a collaboration springing from the 2012 Puppetry in Opera Conference, Tête à Tête works with Isobel Smith (Grist to the Mill), and puppeteers together with singers from Trinity Laban on a longer commission from Festival favourite Ergo Phizmiz following his 2012 Lite Bite Care in the Community. Gala is supported by Grants for the Arts and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Design/Puppetry: Isobel Smith
Music Director: Timothy Burke
Gala: Becca Marriott
Jesus Christ Superstar: Alex Gilchrist
Maid: Laura Monaghan
Puppeteers: Isobel Smith, Teele Uustani, Darren East

Contains scenes of a sexual nature
 

 
Listen to an audio recording of the performance:


 

Read Ergo Phizmiz interview about composing a puppet opera

Read Bill Bamkes-Jones interview about directing a puppet opera

Read a preview about Gala on the Puppet Centre site