Sense of Sound’s Liverpool International Music Festival commission at The Everyman on 28th & 29th August was amazing. It was an exciting thing to be part of and a really unique and special experience. Matthew Xia directed us excellently, Shlomo was an awesome collaborator, Whitney Dee was fabulous as the lead actor and Saphena’s script worked around the chosen musical material superbly. As always, Perri and Jen led us with great energy and innovation.
Click Liverpool gave it a 5 star rating and wrote this review –
Review: Migration Muisc at The Liverpool Everyman Theatre, featuring Sense of Sound
Every so often a show, out of the blue, a show drops into your life that is theatrical gold. Currently showing at The Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Migration Music is such a show, produced by Sense of Sound and The LIMF, combining straight theatre with a cappella music consisting of Jazz and Soul and Reggae, along with classical, and a Beat Box Funk vibe running straight through it that is to die for.
The story, with Mental Health Awareness Day nearly upon us, sees a nurse in a home for the elderly coming to terms with her own mother’s diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. Not the most fun-filled topic to be sure, but what writer Saphena Aziz has done with the script not only imbues the scenario with understanding, it is also laced with counter-balancing measures of hope, stark reality and not a little humour that emboldens and never belittles its topic.
What remains, therefore,is a three-dimensional conceptual treat, rather than a flat screen, saccharine sweet representation.
Of course, such a script requires a consummate actor and, in Whitney Dee Suku, The Everyman Youth Theatre has clearly produced another supreme acting talent. Not once does this young lady never falter, the depth and breadth of emotion she manages to instil into her character is as breath taking as it is memorably powerful and evocative. This is an actor with a big, bright future of that there can be no mistake.
Yet it is the unforgettable coming together of the beauty that is Sense of Sound that really carry this show and mark it high above the norm. A group of 34 artists who use their voices and bodies to carry over a passionate rainbow of, yes, sound, that washes across everything their music touches.
With songs such as Bob Marley’s Wait In Vain, Duke Dumont’s I Got U and Joni Mitchell’s Case of You, interspersed with Benjamin Britten’s Homage to Arvo Pἃrt, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings Agnus Dei and A La Claire Fontaine, the collection is to say the least eclectic and fantastically and beautifully performed throughout, with twists and turns being provided that enlighten rather than diminish on on every level.
Add this the vocal expressionism and enthusiasm of renowned Beat Box artist, Shlomo, the captivating poetry of Sean Street and the mesmerising graphics supplied by Joe Strathers-Tracy, and what you are left with is not merely a theatrical production but a theatrical, musical event that will live in the memory for as long as you live.
As Saphena Aziz has written, although “dementia separates us from our biography … music is medicine without the bottle” and if ever there was a show to justify such a sentiment, then this is it.
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
August 28 – August 29
Author: Saphena Aziz
Director: Mathew Xia
Producer: Sense of Sound & Liverpool International Music Festival
Cast: Sense of Sound Singers, Shlomo, Whitney Dee Suku, Sean Street
Running Time; 1 hr 20 mins (No Interval)
Click Rating: ***** SENSATIONAL!!