October 2020: A Christmas Quest
Absolutely delighted to have been commissioned by The Point, Eastleigh, to compose the music for their Christmas show! The event is described as a "mash-up of Santa's Grotto, a maze-like labyrinth and an escape room". Now where did I put those sleigh bells...
September 2020: A brief reprise...
With most venues being closed during lockdown, all work with Theatre Re has been put on hold as we wait for rehearsal spaces to reopen. Very grateful to Shoreditch Town Hall who partially reopened in September, and offered us space to continue working on our new project. More info soon, but for now here's a sneak peek inside the room...
August 2020: One more...
Lockdown has been a strange time for many reasons, but not least in writing music... a more creative period but also harder to finish pieces of music due to the lack of deadlines. Here's one I did manage to finish though: inspired by a new piano plugin that I downloaded from the brilliant Spitfire Audio Labs. Such a lovely piano tone and completely free to download. Amazing!
July 2020: Another new track!
If there are benefits of lockdown, for me personally one is having more time to write music. I named this track 'West Drive Sunrise', as it reminds me of cycling through Central Park last year on crisp Spring mornings, on the way to the New Victory Theatre where I was performing The Nature of Forgetting with Theatre Re.
June 2020: New music
As lockdown eases in the UK I've written this short track to celebrate and maybe help lift the lockdown blues... first time recording with a ukulele too!
April 2020: An update from Theatre Re
This newsletter was supposed to be filled with joyous news about our current tour of BIRTH throughout the UK. We were going to announce new international dates for The Nature of Forgetting, talk about more workshop opportunities, as well as the beginning of a new company project...etc. But it will have to be different. Even though we are not on the road, in a theatre or in a rehearsal room right now, we are fighting hard to make sure that as soon as it is safe to do so again we will be ready to jump back into action.
It seems that all our Spring dates for BIRTH will be postponed and a new tour schedule will be announced as soons as things will look a bit more certain. If you had already purchased a ticket to come and see us, each venue will be in touch directly.
And now something positive! We are absolutely thrilled, honoured and humbled to tell you that our funding bid to Arts Council England to develop Theatre Re as a company and make a new piece has been successful! We had been trying to make this happen for a while now and we are so excited to finally be able to do it. We have got a lot of backstage work to do over the coming months and we will make sure to keep you up to date with our progress.
March 2020: Postponed
Inevitably and understandably, a lot of upcoming performances with Theatre Re and Austentatious have been cancelled due to the lockdown. Even though the arts in particular have been hit very hard, I am feeling more grateful than ever to be a part of this wonderful industry. Here is a video montage of the non-performing side to tour life with Theatre Re, because we all need those lighter moments to get us through the tougher times...
February 2020: Birth on tour
Theatre Re's new show Birth will be on the road in 2020, and it's a very exciting prospect to be able to share our work with audiences around the UK. All confirmed dates so far are below and also up on my live page!
January 2020: West End shows
Austentatious have announced that their West End residency at the glorious Fortune Theatre has been extended into 2020, and I'm delighted to be accompanying them on the following dates:
March: Monday 2nd, Monday 16th, Monday 23rd
April: Monday 6th, Monday 20th
May: Monday 11th, Monday 25th
June: Monday 1st, Sunday 7th, Monday 8th, Sunday 21st
July: Sunday 5th, Monday 13th
December 2019: Merry Xmas from Theatre Re!
Here is the Christmas newsletter from Theatre Re, with a little update on what we've been up to in 2019 and what we're looking forward to in 2020!
Over the past year, it has been an immense pleasure to perform BIRTH and The Nature of Forgetting 83 times across 6 different countries reaching 18,106 audience members - an enormous THANK YOU to everyone involved who made 2019 so special!
There is also a lot in store for 2020: both The Nature of Forgetting and BIRTH will be on tour in the UK and abroad. More tour dates will be announced in the new year, but for now we are very happy to confirm that BIRTH will be performed in Wales in February here:
Feb 26th: Theatrau Sir Gar (Ffwrnes), Llanelli - TICKETS
Feb 28th: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff - TICKETS
Last but not least, we have also just started developing a new project. It is still very early stages so we cannot say too much at the moment, but it is safe to say there will be further updates in 2020! Merry Christmas!!
November 2019: Back from Mexico and the USA
It continues to be an amazing honour to share our devised work, The Nature of Forgetting, with audiences all over the world, and in October the piece received its Mexican premiere at the prestigious International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato. We also performed in Leon, Mexico, and then toured around the Mid-West of the States for 3 weeks in venues that were quite frankly enormous!
October 2019: Xmas West End dates
The brilliant Austentatious will be returning to their West End home for a run of shows in the lead up to Christmas, and I am very happy to say that I will be accompanying them on violin on the following dates:
Sunday 1st: w/ Austentatious at the Fortune Theatre, London
Sunday 8th: w/ Austentatious at the Fortune Theatre, London
Monday 9th: w/ Austentatious at the Fortune Theatre, London
Monday 16th: w/ Austentatious at the Fortune Theatre, London
September 2019: Mexico and US tour
After having performed Birth in Edinburgh for 4 weeks, it's a real privilege to be able to return back to the previous Theatre Re show and take The Nature of Forgetting on the road again. This show will have its Mexican premiere on the 19th October at the prestigious International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato. After Mexico we fly to Chicago for a 3 week tour of the Mid-West. Here are the tour dates in full:
Sat 19th: International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico
Sun 20th: International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico
Mon 21st: Teatro Estudio del Teatro del Bicentenario in Leon, Mexico
Tues 22nd: Teatro Estudio del Teatro del Bicentenario in Leon, Mexico
Sat 26th: Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (USA)
Mon 28th: The Hett Center for the Arts in Lebanon, Illinois (USA)
Wed 30th: O'Laughlin Auditorium in Notre Damn, Indiana (USA)
Fri 1st: Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio (USA)
Tues 5th: Walton Arts Centre in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA)
Fri 8th: Stephen B Humphrey Theater in Collegeville, Minnesota (USA)
Sat 9th: Knight Centre in Orange City, Ohio (USA)
Tues 12th: Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center in Champaign, Illinois (USA)
August 2019: ★★★★★ reviews!
Many thanks to David Kettle for his wonderful 5-star review of Birth on theartsdesk.com:
"Alex Judd’s elaborate musical score, which he plays live on multiple instruments, channels Nyman and Glass along with tender harmonies and catchy tunes as befits the subject matter."
Thanks also to Jane Prinsley for this 5-star review in Broadway Baby:
"Continual evocative live music from Alex Judd was sensational and perfectly twinned with the physicality of the actors. The music and the sense of time passing give Birth a cinematic scope with balletic visuals."
August 2019: First Edinburgh review
The first Edinburgh Fringe review of Birth by Theatre Re has been published, and it's a lovely ★★★★ from Whats On Stage:
"Key to the show's power is composer Alex Judd, who sits in the midst of the audience playing multiple instruments, looping strings and chords together in a neat patchwork. Arpeggios leap as emotions soar, while broken chords whisper during moments of heartbreak. Watching Judd in action is almost as mesmeric as what's happening on stage."
July 2019: Preview reviews!
Reviews have been coming in for the Edinburgh previews of Birth and Ugly Youth - the two shows I have composed scores for that are heading up to the Fringe - and here are a few quotes:
on Theatre Re's 'Birth', by The Stage
"...a torrent of mime and movement that ebbs and flows, swells and surges to Alex Judd’s sweeping score."
on Kings Ely's 'Ugly Youth' by The Edinburgh Reporter
"Particularly fitting and harmonious is Alex Judd’s accompanying live music, provided by two excellent on-stage musicians"
June 2019: More new music at Edinburgh
As well as Theatre Re's Birth, I have composed original music for another production that will be heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe. Ugly Youth was commissioned by King's Company, and is being performed from the 6th - 10th August at Greenside, Infirmary Street. It sounds a little bit something like this....
May 2019: Birth off to Latitude & Edinburgh!
Really excited to announce that Theatre Re's new piece Birth, which premiered at LIMF in January, is going on tour in the summer with performances at Latitude in July and then Edinburgh throughout August!
This will be my third time performing at Latitude with the company, and we will be on twice at this year's edition (Friday 19th and Saturday 20th). Soon after, we head up to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform everyday at 12pm in the Pleasance Beyond from August 1st to 25th (except the 12th). See below for the trailer!
April 2019: Taiwan
Shortly after NYC we hopped on a plane again to fly across to the other side of the world to perform The Nature of Forgetting in Taiwan! We performed five sold-out shows to 2,834 people in two incredible venues: The Dadong Arts Centre in Kaohsiung and the National Taichung Theatre. Hopefully these photos do it some justice...
March 2019: New York, New York!
Just returned home from a 2-week run with Theatre Re in New York City, and it was an unforgettable experience to say the least. We performed The Nature of Forgetting 15 times at the very special New Victory Theatre, and in total 4,138 people came to see the show. To top it all off, we received this wonderful seal of approval from Sarah Jessica Parker!
February 2019: New jazz trio track
Here's the 3rd video from the recent Future Gold live session. This was recorded in Fred's rehearsal studio in North London and the track is called 'Roswitha'!
January 2019: New Album
Happy New Year! To coincide with the premiere of new Theatre Re show Birth at the London International Mime Festival, the soundtrack is now available to stream / download from Music Glue! If you want to listen to a montage of short extracts from each track, you've come to the right place...
December 2018: Jazz, theatre and Austen
As a little summary of this year and what's coming up in 2019, here are some updates on my favourite musical endeavours! Firstly, a new live video from Future Gold of our track 'TwoFourSixEight':
Secondly, Theatre Re have been very busy over the last few months and we are very excited to be premiering new show Birth in January! Here's a very serious action shot from our recent rehearsals at Shoreditch Town Hall, where we will perform the show from January 10th - 13th.
Last but not least, the brilliant Austentatious have announced a new West End residency for 2019, and I'm very much looking forward to accompanying them at selected shows at the Fortune Theatre in the near future!
November 2018: Back from the States
After 5 weeks of touring up and down the East coast of America, having driven over 5400 miles, crossed 12 states and performed 16 times in 13 venues for more than 4000 people, we are now back home! Thank you to all the venue crews for being so accommodating and the wonderful audiences who came to see our work. After a few days off in London to acclimatise, we'll then be jumping straight back into new project Birth in order to add the finishing touches ahead of the premiere in January!
October 2018: Premiere of new Theatre Re show
It has just been announced that the new Theatre Re show Birth will premiere at the London International Mime Festival in January! I'm very honoured to be composing the soundtrack for the show, and will perform the music live. Tickets go on sale on Monday 15th October; the day that we head off to the States for the North American tour of The Nature of Forgetting!
September 2018: Future Gold
Very excited to share some new music! Future Gold is a jazz fusion trio that I co-founded with Fred McLaren on drums and my brother Jack on double bass. We recently recorded a few songs in our rehearsal room, and here is our debut live video from that session! The song is called 'Common Ground'.
August 2018: Theatre Re update
It's been a busy few months for Theatre Re as we rounded off an R&D period for new project Birth, and rehearsed with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company in final preparations for the co-devised piece that will be performed at the Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals. A montage of the soundtrack from the Woman and the Canvas is up on my Soundcloud, and the entire album can be downloaded / streamed from the Theatre Re Music Glue webpage!
July 2018: USA tour
In the Autumn we'll be taking The Nature of Forgetting on a rather special journey: a 5-week tour of North America! Centered around the East coast, we'll be travelling from Maine in the North to Florida in the South. But that won't be our only time in the States; In March 2019 the show will be off-Broadway at the New Victory Theatre in New York City! The full touring schedule is now up on my Live page.
June 2018: Debut jazz trio gig!
Absolutely thrilled to be able to announce the debut gig of Future Gold; the jazz trio project I've been working on with Fred MacLaren (drums) and Jack Judd (double bass). We will play tracks in front of an audience for the very first time on Saturday 23rd June, at the Chelmsford Festival of the Arts!
May 2018: More reviews from the tour
★★★★★ from Theatre Box!
"It has to be said, ‘The Nature of Forgetting’ had one of the greatest live soundtracks I have heard accompany such talented performers, composed by Alex Judd it was satisfyingly brilliant, and without such music the piece would not hold the same weight."
10/10 from Visable Inc!
"The music (which was done live) was like heaven in my ears! It was gorgeous to hear! And it was another great layer added to the storytelling of the show, the way it glitched at times when Tom struggled to piece his fragmenting memories together was painful to hear as I felt the torture of what the character was going through."
April 2018: ★★★★★ review!
Thank you to Mind The Blog for the 5-star review from our London run:
"Alex Judd’s score (which he performs alongside Chris Jones or Keiran Pearson) is simply mesmerising. It’s completely evocative of the feelings each specific memory brings, meaning that you are right there with Tom as he slips backwards & forwards in time – from his schooldays to his wedding."
April 2018: London run reviews
The first reviews from our London run at Shoreditch Town Hall are in, and there are some fab ★★★★ from 'Whats On Stage', 'The Reviews Hub' and 'Miro Magazine'!
"The physical and movement sequences happening on stage are almost outshone by the work occurring behind, as two musicians, Alex Judd (also composer) and Keiran Pearson, create soundscape after soundscape, turning each rush and thrill of Tom's life into a sudden crescendo." Whats On stage
"Who needs words to convey emotion when the soundscape is this powerful?" Miro Magazine
"Central to the creation of tone and atmosphere is Alex Judd’s music which does so much to ease the audience’s transition between the present day and the various years Tom revisits." The Reviews Hub
April 2018: UK tour
After the run at Shoreditch Town Hall at the end of April, I'll be on tour with Theatre Re in May and June taking The Nature of Forgetting to various theatres around the UK. Full details are on my live page, but here's an overview!
Tuesday 1st: Quarry Theatre, Bedford
Thursday 3rd: South Hill Park, Bracknell
Wednesday 9th: Norwich Playhouse
Thursday 10th & Fri 11th: Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Thursday 17th: Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Saturday 19th: The Dukes, Lancaster
Sunday 27th: The Ffwrnes, Llanelli
Thursday 31st: Mac Live, Belfast
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd: Mac Live, Belfast
Wednesday 6th: Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th: Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th: The Lowry, Salford
Friday 15th: Cornerstone, Didcot
March 2018: Music workshop in Peru
In the last month Theatre Re toured to Brazil, Peru and Leeds before spending a week in London developing new project Birth. With the support of the British Council, we brought The Nature of Forgetting to Brazil in Campinas (Feverestival 2018) and Sao Paolo (SESC Santana), and then flew to Peru and took part in the FAE Lima 2018. Overall, 2000 people came to see the show and the response was overwhelming! We also led workshops in South America, one of which was a 'Composing for Theatre' masterclass in Lima.
I am currently working on a commission from Middlesex university dance department to compose a score for a graduation piece choreographed by Shaded Voice Dance Company. More on that soon!
February 2018: Brazil, Peru and.... Leeds
Later in the month I'll be heading off to South America for a couple of weeks on tour with Theatre Re, as we have been invited to perform The Nature of Forgetting in Brazil and Peru. Immediately after flying back to London (and probably coming back down to earth with a bump!) we travel up to Leeds for a run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, before heading back down to London again for the next R&D week of new project Birth. All performance dates are listed here!
January 2018: Happy New Year!
2018 is shaping up to be full of an exciting and diverse mixture of performances, compositions and new opportunities! Theatre Re will be collaborating with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and their Year 2 Actors-in-Training to take a new production to the Edinburgh Fringe and Camden Fringe Festival next summer. Work on this production begins in January.
Also in January, the Austentatious West End run continues with a performance on Tuesday the 23rd. I'll be playing piano for this show, along with the following show on February 13th.
In March, work on the new Theatre Re production Birth continues and touring of The Nature of Forgetting begins in earnest with 5 performances at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The 2018 tour for this show currently takes in 31 cities in the UK and abroad, with more than 60 performances planned; all of which will be updated here!
December 2017: West End debut
On the 5th December Austentatious will be performing their debut show in the West End at the majestic Piccadilly Theatre, and I am absolutely delighted to be joining them on stage as an accompanist! Tickets are available here and two further shows will follow in January and February.
In other news, I spent the last two weeks of November in a residency at The Point in Eastleigh composing for Theatre Re's new project Birth. The project received funding from Arts Council England and the initial R&D will last for the next 9 months. Updates to follow soon!
November 2017: London shows
The first Theatre Re touring dates of The Nature of Forgetting have just been announced: we will be returning to Shoreditch Town Hall (after we premiered the show there as part of the London International Mime Festival) for a 5-night run in April 2018! More dates announced soon....
There are also a few London dates in the pipeline with Austentatious, where I'll be accompanying them on violin: firstly at their last show at The Leicester Square Theatre before they transfer to the West End, and then at their first few shows at the majestic Piccadilly Theatre! All upcoming performance dates are up on the 'Live' page.
October 2017: Post-Edinburgh update!
The latest newsletter from Theatre Re is out!
It has only been a few weeks since the end of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 but it already feels like a few years. We are delighted to share that our Ed Fringe run was a huge success! 5518 people came to see the show in Edinburgh, we received 13 five-star reviews and even won an award! Thank you to all the people who came to see us and talked about the show afterwards... We would not have been able to make it without you! We are now in the process of organising a tour in 2018 and 2019 and it will all be announced shortly.
This Autumn is also a very exciting time as we are about to start developing a new piece with the help and support of The Point in Eastleigh, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Jacksons Lane and Haringey Council. We cannot say anything about it just yet but more to follow very soon!
We have recorded some feedback from those who came to see the piece at the Fringe and here is a taster of what people said...
September 2017: Austentatious Autumn tour
Following yet another sell-out Edinburgh fringe run, the ridiculously talented Austentatious will embark on a nationwide tour this Autumn. I am thrilled to be accompanying them on a string of dates performing in such grandeur as Kensington Palace, Bath and The Lowry! The full list of dates are up on my 'live' page.
August 2017: More Ed Fringe reviews!
Theatre Weekly ★★★★★ "The music, which is played live, is so hauntingly beautiful. It soars and gathers pace in time to the story being told"
Fringe Review "The highest praise for this production must go to the music, the integral element which made The Nature of Forgetting realise all its conceptual potential. Alex Judd’s score was electric."
Ed Fringe Review "The other outstanding aspect of the performance was the music, as written by Alex Judd. At times melodious, at times discordant, it worked beautifully with the mood of the movement, and with perfect synchronisation."
August 2017: Radio 4 interview
Theatre Re were selected to be featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme, broadcasted live from Edinburgh! Guillaume was interviewed by John Wilson about The Nature of Forgetting, with a short excerpt of music from the show being played on air. You can listen back here!
"Very evocative musical score" BBC Radio 4
August 2017: A few more reviews...
GQ Magazine ★★★★★ "...the fantastic live band (whose score for the show is brilliant)..."
London City Nights ★★★★★ "...soundtracked by a powerful live score... The action is fantastically soundtracked by Alex Judd's fantastic live score."
Theatre Bubble ★★★★★ "The two musicians, led by Alex Judd, are stunning, creating a soundtrack that is at some point cinematic, at others delicately intimate."
The Wee Review ★★★★★ "a magnificent soundtrack... set to the kind of score that John Williams would boast about at a dinner party"
The List ★★★★★ "Alex Judd's Sigur Rós-style music, played live behind a battery of on-stage instruments, only adds to the show's huge emotional punch."
Three Weeks ★★★★★ "The use of live music here is essential, as it ties together the intangibility of sound with that of memory, allowing the two musicians to conduct this fantastical journey..."
The Reviews Hub ★★★★★ "Set against Alex Judd’s beautiful composition..."
A Younger Theatre ★★★★ "A highlight of the play is the score, composed by Alex Judd, which is performed live on stage. It’s absolutely stunning."
Broadway Baby ★★★★ "dazzling live music... undoubtedly a treat for both the eyes and ears."
The Peg Review ★★★★ "A character in its own right, the live music performed in this play is diverse, commanding and really gives the narrative backbone."
August 2017: First Edinburgh review!
The first Edinburgh Fringe Festival review of The Nature of Forgetting is out, and it's a good one!
"...composed music, momentary voices and ambient found-sounds weave a tapestry of complex childhood memories in an ecstasy of articulate fluidity... composer/multi-instrumentalist, Alex Judd’s aural expressionism is magical."
The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★★
July 2017: Theatre Re online music store
Music from the Theatre Re shows The Nature of Forgetting and Blind Man's Song are now available to purchase online! Albums of the soundtracks from the two shows are available to buy for £10, and the individual tracks can be streamed in full. We'll also be selling the music on USB sticks after each performance in Edinburgh!
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.