Created by writer and composer Timothy X Atack and director Tanuja Amarasuriya, this cross artform show from Bristol company Sleepdogs, begins with birdsong but erupts into violence as a classical orchestra find themselves trapped in a city where a military coup has taken place. Seen at venues across the UK, including the NT’s much-missed Shed, this devised show combines text and music as a lone musician tries to make sense of what has happened, follow the threads of the story and the melodies and find meaning in the case. Described as “a modern hymn to people and places now lost” this is a show that haunts like music itself.
There’s a concert orchestra, trapped in a city during a military coup. As violence erupts, with pitched battles breaking out around them, the orchestra becomes separated – lost – hoping and trying to find their way back to each other. The composer is left to tell the story. With an intricate, fractured narrative and haunting soundtrack, The Bullet and The Bass Trombone is a modern hymn to people and places now lost. The story comes together from the smallest of pieces, like a mosaic: a whistling bird in the jungle; a gunfight on an airport runway; a murder in a forest of music stands. It’s a fugue of voices, memories and sounds, played by a lone performer trying to make sense of the chaos.