Something In Your Voice was a show by Emergency Chorus, still in development. I collaborated on the development of the show, and composed the sound for the most recent showing.

Portents; 2018 – 2019
60 minutes

“The most famous band in the world the fucking beatles the fuck a cultural touchstone and they their lead singer dies fuck dies car crash bam bye paul fake paul fake paul fake fuck faul paul wake up fuck paul fall fallen all paul fallen fuck!”

Travelling from deserted motorways to city streets, via daytime TV and message boards, Portents follows those people looking for meaning in the chaos. Those whose understanding of the world is completely altered by what they’ve seen.

Rising above a soundtrack of static and stutters, spanning from pop stars to apostles, this is a story of conspiracy, isolation and religious rebirth.

Portents was originally created as a piece about conspiracy theories that travelled firmly into the umwelt of the conspiracist. I didn’t really want to make a show about fascism or antisemitism, so certain aspects of conspiracy culture are emphasised as other common tropes are not included. In many ways, what it became is a show about private religions and religous experience, as well as languange and loneliness. Outsider artists figures as large in the research as modern conspiracists. The show made heavy use of quotations from sources ranges from song lyrics to bible verses, and featured heavily syntactically distorted language. The staging was minimal and formalist, taking aesthetic pointers from classical recitals.

Reviews here and here.

Toured to Warwick Arts Centre, The Whickham Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, CLF Peckham, Bedlam Fringe, and nearly Incoming Festival (dates cancelled for covid 19).

Director: Nat Norland
Producer: Lilith Wozniak
Writers: Nat Norland and Sam George
Sound: Nat Norland
Lighting: Ben Kulvichit
Performers: Clara Potter-Sweet, Ben Kulvichit, Ross Graham

Image by Fran Cattaneo