July 2017: Music montage
Here's a little taster of what the music from The Nature of Forgetting by Theatre Re sounds like! We'll be performing the show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival next month, at the Pleasance Forth at 12pm every day. Here are excerpts from 9 tracks of the soundtrack condensed into 4 minutes:
July 2017: Sleepless in Latitude!
Just back from an exhilarating 36 hours at the Latitude Festival, where we performed The Nature of Forgetting to a packed Theatre Arena after a one-hour get-in and zero hours sleep! The standing ovation we received made it all worthwhile and was a reassurance that the show is now ready to be unleashed in Edinburgh!
June 2017: Guardian Edinburgh Highlights!
Some exciting news from Theatre Re: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is just around the corner now and we are absolutely delighted that The Nature of Forgetting was included in Lyn Gardner’s Edinburgh ‘what to see and where to go’ roundup for The Guardian! More details about our Edinburgh Fringe run can be found here.
Also, after five gloriously intense weeks of devising, the result of our collaboration with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company will open this week. The piece is called The Woman on the Chair and is a haunting and poetic homage to the work of Swedish Writer and Director Ingmar Bergman and Italian Director Federico Fellini. Tickets have now sold-out.
June 2017: Fourth Monkey Project
For the last few weeks Theatre Re have been devising an end-of-year performance with the brilliant actors in training at Fourth Monkey. I have been composing the music for the show and tickets are now available to see the result of our collaboration on the 14th, 15th and 16th of June!
May 2017: Latitude Festival
Before heading up to Edinburgh in August, we have been offered the ultimate fringe warm-up show with a slot at the beautiful Latitude Festival in Suffolk! Theatre Re will be performing The Nature of Forgetting on Sunday 16th July in the theatre tent, alongside these wonderful acts:
April 2017: Edinburgh Fringe
Delighted to confirm that Theatre Re will be going back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August with our new show The Nature of Forgetting, for which I composed the music for (and will perform live with a percussionist). We will be performing at the Pleasance Forth everyday at 12pm, from August 3rd to 27th (not including 14th). Tickets have just gone on sale and are available here!
Equally exciting is the news that we have also been invited to be part of the main programme of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017: "The British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase is the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre companies to introduce their work to international promoters. The programme comprises new work that represents the very best of contemporary theatre and dance, reflecting the breadth and diversity of British performing arts." The Showcase will be happening from August 21st to 26th in Edinburgh and the full programme has just been announced.
March 2017: Jazz trio
New project spoiler alert! Number One Drummer (a.k.a the awesome Fred) and I have been locking ourselves in a rehearsal room somewhere in Camden over March, working on new and original material for a jazz trio project. It's very early days but we're really excited to share the music with the world; here is a little taster!
February 2017: Reviews
Following our 3 sold-out performances of The Nature of Forgetting at the London International Mime Festival, here are a few recently published reviews that include some really positive comments about the music:
"Just as important as the movement is the music, composed and performed by Alex Judd... the score exquisitely mirrors the emotions on stage, and builds to a stirring climax for the final scene." Theatre Things
"The music, composed by Alex Judd, starts out like the soundtrack to a Very Uplifting Lifetime Movie, all lilts and whirls of emotion, growing more and more interesting as the memories begin to falter..." Exeunt
"...live underscoring and sound track by the very talented Alex Judd." Theatre Bubble
January 2017: LIMF
Happy New Year! After more than 16 months in the making, we premiere The Nature of Forgetting next week (Jan 18th, 19th and 20th) at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of the 2017 London International Mime Festival. I composed the music and will perform the score live with percussionist Keiran Pearson. We are delighted to have been included in the What's On Stage, Evening Standard and Time Out London top picks of the festival!
We recently performed an exclusive preview of the piece at The Point in Eastleigh, and received some truly fantastic feedback. Here are some comments from the company's twitter account:
December 2016: IV International Festival of Dance in Poland
The 4th International Festival of Dance took place in Walbrzych, Poland, in the last weekend of November and I had the pleasure of being involved in some of the performances. The unquestionable highlight was performing in an improvised quartet with guitarist/composer Benjamin Dwyer, and dancers Helen Kindred and Maga Radlowska. I also worked with three of the community groups involved, teaching music workshops and composing. Still below taken from a video recording by Floodwater Films:
November 2016: Residency at The Point, Eastleigh
Ahead of the world premiere of The Nature of Forgetting at the London International Mime Festival in January, we are currently locked away in a week-long residency at The Point in Eastleigh to put the finishing touches to the piece! Theatre Re recently became an associate company at The Point and we are feeling very privileged to be able to take advantage of the fantastic rehearsal/live-in facilities available there...
October 2016: New Theatre Re piece to premiere at the London International Mime Festival 2017!
Theatre Re's new show The Nature of Forgetting will premiere at the London International Mime Festival in January. We'll be performing in the gorgeous Assembly Hall at Shoreditch Town Hall on Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th January at 8pm.
We've made a video trailer for the show, and the music from the trailer is also up on my soundcloud page. The music will be performed live onstage by myself and a percussionist; more info on the creative team and the show itself, along with how to purchase tickets, can be found here! The Nature of Forgetting will also preview at The Point, Eastleigh on Friday 6th January at 7.30pm.
September 2016: Austentatious Autumn tour
Following another hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe run, the brilliant Austentatious will be embarking on a UK-wide tour this Autumn and I'm thrilled to be joining them as an accompanying violinist on the following dates:
Saturday 8th October: Chester Literature Festival, Chester
Thursday 13th October: Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
Friday 14th October: The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
Saturday 15th October: Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury
Thursday 27th October: The Lantern, Bristol
Friday 28th October: Grand Theatre, Swansea
Saturday 29th October: Merlin Theatre, Frome
August 2016: Theatre Re Autumn tour
After heading to the South of France at the end of July to perform at the Mimos Festival in Perigueux, we'll be back on tour with Blind Man's Song in the UK in the Autumn. The run of dates will include possibly the last performance of the show in London!
Friday 23rd September: Stahl Theatre, Oundle
Sunday 25th September: Greenwich Theatre, London
Tuesday 27th September: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Thursday 29th September: Quarry Theatre, Bedford
Saturday 1st October: Prema Arts Centre, Dursley
Tuesday 4th October: Theatre Royal, Winchester
July 2016: Summer shows
The month of July saw the run of shows with Bright Light Bright Light finish on a high with a slot on the Barclaycard stage at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park:
Also, this month saw the culmination of the final R&D period of Theatre Re's new show The Nature of Forgetting (working title), with performances in Haringey and at Lincoln Drill Hall and South Hill Park. We had some very encouraging feedback from audience members and can't wait to continue developing the piece after the summer! The premiere will be in January in London.
July 2016: Performing on ITV
Bright Light Bright Light performed two songs on the ITV Weekend show with Aled Jones, broadcast on Saturday 9th July. Here are the very colourful clips!
June 2016: BLBL in Hyde Park
For the second year in a row, Bright Light Bright Light has been invited to perform at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park! I'll be playing keyboards for Rod on the Barclaycard stage, supporting Take That, Olly Murs and Ella Eyre on Saturday 9th July:
June 2016: Tour reviews
"The real star of this show, however, was the music... and Judd’s original score was the beating heart of Blind Man’s Song. Judd’s sound design took the audience on this journey, enveloping them in his imagined (or remembered) sonic reality." Oxford Culture Review
"...exquisitely performed and composed by Alex Judd" North West End (Liverpool)
May 2016: More London run reviews!
"Judd’s score is simply extraordinary... beautifully emotive and, at times, extremely raw & visceral." Mind The Blog
"...Judd’s music, which primarily was beautiful to the point it brought me to tears, but at times it crashed and screeched and assaulted the ears whilst still working completely and making the statement it needed to keep the story moving." The Theatre Tourist
"Dialogue is expressed by the original music composed and played by Alex Judd, again an interpretation filtered by individual taste but extremely rewarding in scope and direction." Camden New Journal
"Accompanied by original daring choreography, stellar performance and an accomplished score, Blind Man’s Song is a tender piece that needs to be seen to be believed." North Four
May 2016: First London run reviews
After the press night of Blind Man's Song at the Pleasance Theatre, the reviews are now starting to come in so here's a selection of the first few!
★★★★★ from Scatter of Opinion: "A strong and beautifully produced set of music by Alex Judd guides us through the colourful imaginings of a blind man... these factors along with Judd’s live music make this one hell of an engaging production."
4.5/5 from Theatre Reviews: "The all-important music, original compositions by Alex Judd, guide the style. He’s also performing: he plays a phrase, which then loops, plays another on top, which is added, build on build to create the score…..very mesmerising"
Nice mention in Entertainment Focus: "The piece’s real strength lies in its use of music. Alex Judd performs his original score on stage with a keyboard, strings and effective use of looping, whilst also being a part of the physical performance."
April 2016: Interview in This Week London
Ahead of the three week run of Blind Man's Song at the Pleasance Theatre, This Week London asked me a few questions about the music and so here's the interview in full!
April 2016: Shows, shows and more shows!
Over the next couple of months the shows will be coming thick and fast, so here's some more detail of what's around the corner!
I'll be accompanying Austentatious on violin for their April Leicester Square Theatre show, and then at the Udderbelly Festival on the Southbank. Secondly, ahead of a new album release I'll be playing keyboards for Bright Light Bright Light for his two shows at the end of May in Cardiff and London. Then there's the small matter of over 30 performances with Theatre Re for the summer tour of Blind Man's Song. All dates here!
March 2016: Theatre Re newsletter
We are already in March… doesn't time fly! Next month we will be back on tour with Blind Man's Song and a few more dates have been announced,
so if you have not seen the show yet then now is the time!
We will be in LONDON at The Pleasance from April 27 to May 15 and you should quote "Song" to get the £12 early bird ticket offer! - only valid until March 27th.
Then we take the show on a UK tour to HEREFORD at The Courtyard on May 18, to OXFORD at The North Wall on May 19, to CHIPPENHAM at The Neeld on May 20 and to LIVERPOOL as part of Physical Fest at the Unity Theatre on May 23rd.
Then it's off to Europe and RECKLINGHAUSEN (Germany) for the Ruhrfestspiele from May 31 to June 5, before heading to France (we cannot tell you where exactly just yet but it is incredibly exciting - all we can say is that it will be warm and sunny… well, hopefully)!
February 2016: The Nature of Forgetting
As the month of February draws to a close, so does another fascinating two weeks of R&D with Theatre Re for our work-in-progress The Nature of Forgetting. We have enlisted the services of drummer / percussionist CJ Jones which has added a whole new layer of depth and complexity to the music and sound. We'll be taking a break from the new work as Blind Man's Song tours in the spring, before heading back into the final R&D period in June. Here is a glimpse of some of the characters!
February 2016: Theatre Re newsletter
2016 has just started and we already have much planned for the year! As you know we are making a new show; our working title is The Nature of Forgetting and you can follow our progress on our blog where we will post videos, testimonies and pictures as we go along!
We are also touring Blind Man's Song and will be performing in:
- LONDON at The Pleasance from April 27 - May 15
Quote "Song" to get the £12 early bird ticket offer!
- HEREFORD at The Courtyard on May 18
- OXFORD at The North Wall on May 19
- CHIPPENHAM at The Neeld on May 20
- RECKLINGHAUSEN (Germany) for the Ruhrfestspiele from May 31 - June 5
More touring dates for Spring 2016 and Autumn 2016 will follow very soon! And last but not least our next public masterclass has just been announced: From Actor to Mime will be taking place at Shoreditch Town Hall in London from May 9 to May 13 and you can book your place here.
January 2016: upcoming shows
Happy New Year! Here's some more info on a couple of exciting shows I'm going to be involved in early in the new year: On Friday 15th I'll be joining the wonderful Animal Radio dance collective on stage, as the live musician in their performance at the Resolution Festival at The Place. Tickets can be booked here.
Also on Saturday 9th I'll be accompanying the brilliant Austentatious in their cross-dressing show 'Crosstentatious'! Tickets are available here and all proceeds go to charity!
December 2015: Theatre Re update
Some news from Theatre Re! Delighted and proud to tell you that our application to Arts Council England for the development of our new piece The Nature of Forgetting (working title) has been successful! We are starting next week and a lot more news about this new adventure will follow very soon.
We are also very happy to let you know that after sell-out runs at the 2015 London International Mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe, Blind Man's Song will be back on tour with more than 30 performances in the UK and abroad in late Spring 2016!
All the dates will be announced shortly.
November 2015: Audio Reel
Here's a selection of bite-sized snippets of music I've composed recently, edited together to make my official showreel:
November 2015: Theme tune for podcast
Honoured to say that I've composed the theme tune for podcasts by the talented folks at Crooked Pieces. You can listen to the podcast here (episode 3) or the track in its entirety here!
October 2015: Aguna selected for InShadow
Aguna, the short film by Floodwater Films featuring dancer/choreographer Magdalena Radlowska with an original soundtrack by myself, has been selected for the prestigious InShadow Festival in Portugal!
The film is in the running for several awards: Best Film (Official Jury), Best Interpretation, Best Choreography, Schweppes Portugal award, Best International Film, Best Film (Audience Jury). Updates as they happen!
October 2015: New projects!
Whilst a UK / international tour of Blind Man's Song is being pieced together for next year, the month of October has been all about new beginnings: a new project with Theatre Re, a collaboration with two contemporary dancers for performances next year, and the first rehearsals of a new jazz trio! More details to follow soon...
September 2015: Blind Man's Song at The Lowry
It feels as though Edinburgh has only just finished, but last weekend we were back on the road again to perform Blind Man's Song in Manchester at the spectacular Lowry. This took our total number of performances in the past year to 40 and brought the curtain down on Blind Man's Song for 2015. Here's a great review from the Manchester Theatre Awards, who described the show as "vibrant and emotional".
As one chapter closes (for now!), another begins as we start work on the new Theatre Re project this week!
September 2015: Back from the fringe
A few facts and figures from our month in Edinburgh! We performed Blind Man's Song 25 times to more than 3000 people; collectively we saw 142 shows; carried (yes carried!) our bed and piano across Edinburgh from the Pleasance Dome to the Pleasance Courtyard and back; performed an extract on the Pleasance Grand stage (it was absolutely packed!); appeared on the BBC website; sold 130 USB stick of Alex's music from the show; ate countless chocolate bars; and... even met Eddie Izzard!
We collected feedback from the audience after each show, and here is a summary of what people said:
August 2015: Edinburgh Evening News review
"Three extremely talented performers use movement and music to present a story... The music is outstanding" Edinburghnews.scotsman.com
August 2015: Reviews coming in thick and fast!
★★★★★ from Three Weeks: "Stunning original music, minimalistic staging, crisply performed - this piece could not be more beautiful, and will stay with me a while yet."
★★★★ from Plays To See: "The live music is an undeniable highlight. Alex Judd never misses a beat. As the ‘blind man’ of the tale, he loops piano lulls with staccatos on his electric violin, creating an incredibly varied soundscape that does so much more than ‘accompany’ the show… It provides it with its core."
4/5 from Theatre Full Stop: "This production’s scaffolding is its music both composed and performed by Alex Judd who plays the role of the Blind Man. Within this production The Blind Man is performed with such passion that you cannot help feeling utterly engaged by both the music and Alex’s characterisation"
'Highly recommended show' from Fringe Review: "Beautiful violin and piano music and a soundscape are played live and electronically by Alex Judd"
August 2015: Another ★★★★★ review!
The Mumble Theatre blog has awarded Blind Man's Song 5 stars!
"Electric is not substantial enough to describe fully what a gift this festival oblation is. The ebb and flow between Selma Roth, Guillaume Pige and Alex Judd enthrall as they render our emotions speechless like their act. This third production from Theatre Re will not fail to impress you because everything has been pushed to perfection."
August 2015: Blind Man's Song on the BBC
Our 8 minute preview performance at the Pleasance Press Launch has made it on to the BBC arts website, as part of their 'Best of the Fest' selection for Dance and Theatre!
August 2015: ★★★★ from Broadway Baby
"Alex Judd plays the blind musician... with unerring focus and skill. He is also the musical powerhouse behind the show, providing a live accompaniment to his characters imagination using fantastic timing and reverb technology." Broadway Baby
August 2015: Fringe ★★★★★ review
The kind folks at the British Theatre Guide have reviewed Blind Man's Song and awarded us 5 stars:
"One can just enjoy the dance and music or be swept away by reaction and interpretation... The music by Alex Judd is hypnotic without being intrusive or distractive."
August 2015: Another ★★★★ review!
Many thanks to Edinblogger for this cracking review of Blind Man's Song:
"An unsettling yet beautiful journey into the mind of a blind musician, the live score is breathtaking and the blend of mime and dance is hypnotic."
August 2015: ★★★★ from Edinburgh Guide
"A truly evocative range of music from Alex Judd shifts from raw discordant to filmic to haunting romantic waltzes that adds to the atmosphere of this poignant performance..." Edinburgh Guide
August 2015: Another two reviews
After three performances and a showcase at the Pleasance Press Launch, a couple of reviews have come in from the lovely people at edfringereview.com:
"Incredible music... Judd managed to create an overwhelming soundscape interspersed with soaring melodies and dramatic crescendos."
August 2015: First review in the Fringe run
Just one show in to the run and we already have our first review, courtesy of an audience member who posted on the edfringe website:
"The live music... heightens the emotional content of the piece so beautifully."
August 2015: Music for sale at Edinburgh Fringe
The music from Blind Man's Song will be available to purchase throughout August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We will be selling USB sticks that include seven tracks, along with a programme and photos. Come and see us after a show for more info! Here is a little taster of what the music sounds like.