£18 / £12 21 and under half price
Tickets on sale information: Advance bookers 5 June, general booking opens 12 July
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Tag, swipe, meme, like; the way we communicate is constantly changing. Letters I Haven't Written invites you on a voyage into the lost art of letter-writing through music and film by award-winning composer/performer Gwyneth Herbert and leading video artist Will Duke (Complicite The Encounter).
Original songs are interwoven with film and live video to create a captivating story that takes audiences from a blank piece of paper to the joyful sharing of voice. An exceptional creative team working across contemporary music and theatre collaborate in this distinctive new show which, in a world of status updates and limited characters, seeks a more meaningful way to speak with – and listen to – each other.
Gwyneth Herbert – voice, french horn, ukulele
Ned Cartwright – piano, sax, voice
Sam Burgess – bass, voice
Rob Luft – guitar, voice
Corrie Dick – drums, voice
Will Duke - Video Artist
Susannah Tresilian – Director
Tom Rogers - Designer
Co-commissioned by Snape Maltings and OCM
Produced by Sound UK
Funded by Arts Council England National Lottery, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex Arts Partnership. Gwyneth Herbert is supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music.
Image credit: Ian Wallman
Composer, lyricist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Gwyneth Herbert draws on a wide range of influences from the worlds of jazz, folk, contemporary classical music and storytelling. She has released six critically acclaimed albums (including the first Blue Note UK release in 30 years) and toured the world with her band. Herbert has also forged a successful career across other disciplines including the title role in the Bristol Old Vic theatre's acclaimed production of The Snow Queen (for which she was also composer, lyricist and musical director), major new commissions for London Sinfonietta, Mahogany Opera, Aldeburgh Music and The Palace That Joan Built for Art on the Underground with artist Mel Brimfield, and co-creator of five musicals. www.gwynethherbert.com
Will Duke is a video artist, filmmaker and projection designer. As a visual artist his video work is part of museum and gallery collections in Scotland, Norway and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He collaborates closely with writers, directors, choreographers and other designers to realise their visions for each production, bridging the technical and aesthetic elements of a production through a specialised working knowledge of AV delivery systems and a strong, unique artistic vision. Recent collaborators include Simon McBurney (The Encounter), John Fulljames, Melanie Wilson, Natalie Abrahami, non zero one, Fevered Sleep, and Unlimited Theatre. www.willduke.net
Susannah Tresilian is a theatre director. Focussing predominantly on new works, she specialises in championing gender equality on and offstage in her productions at the National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, Hampstead Theatre etc. Her work has taken her all over the world directing plays in various languages in Italy, France, Cyprus, Croatia, Norway and Belarus. She makes radio drama for the BBC, and her BBC Radio 4 radio play The Music Lesson starring Fiona Shaw was a finalist for Best Original Audio Drama for the 2018 BBC Radio Drama Awards. She is the founder of Ariadne, a global collective of women who make social and political theatre to inspire change. www.susannahtresilian.com
Tom Rogers was a Linbury Prize finalist in 2005 for his work with Wayne MacGregor for Random Dance at Sadler’s Wells. He was also short listed for the Jocelyn Herbert Award. He was the winner of Backstage Pass award 2013-14 for Best set design for My Judy Garland Life at Nottingham Playhouse. Recent work includes On the Habit of Oneself at Sadlers Wells, Goat for Rambert, Echo’s End at Salisbury Playhouse.