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Tuesday 11 January 2022

Brighton-Based Theatre Company Seeks Local People To Help Create New Show

The Songbird Café is Brighton People's Theatre's (BPT) new show in development, under commission from Brighton Festival with a view to being performed in 2023.
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It will be a family friendly musical that tours to local parks; a magical cafe that has portals in booths that transport the audience to other worlds in different parts of the park. 

During the day, plans are for it to be an actual cafe that serves coffee while live music is performed. At night it will transform into the set for the new show.

The idea behind The Songbird Café is to explore the crisis in mental health, loneliness and isolation which BPT members have said is the most pressing theme currently, something that has only been exacerbated further by the pandemic. 

The show will create a metaphorical world that will explore these themes but won"t necessarily be about them. 

Brighton People's Theatre hope The Songbird Café will be an uplifting experience for all the family, bringing local people together to sing, dance and have a good night out.

Ideas for The Songbird Café will be developed between January - June 2022. 

A creative team of four different artists will each work with local people and lead on the development of their art form, in collaboration with Naomi Alexander, BPT's Artistic Director, who is directing the production:


"We are really excited to be making our next show, The Songbird Café in 2022. We have a cracking team of artists who are looking forward to meeting and creating the story, the set and costumes, the songs and the dances with local people. 

"We're looking for people who love to be imaginative and enjoy working with others. 

"We are really grateful to Arts Council England for funding and Brighton Festival for commissioning the research and development of our show."

No-one knows what the story is going to be yet, or who the characters will be. They don"t know what the set and costumes will look like, what the music will sound like, or what the songs or dances will be. 

They are looking for local people with an interest in creative writing, performing, dancing, songwriting and singing, and set and costume design to be a part of bringing The Songbird Café to life.

They're not looking for professionals. They want to meet people who have some experience or enthusiasm for an art form but may not have had many opportunities to develop it.

If this sounds like you and you are excited by the idea of being a part of The Songbird Café, why not get involved? 

Register your interest to be part of the research and development process by Thursday the 20th January 2022. 

by: Mike Cobley




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