It’s good to see theatres trying something new, and Song Project, conceived by Royal Court associate designer Chloe Lamford, is just that. It brings together the talents of the Dutch singer and artist, Wende, with those of composer Isobel Waller-Bridge and choreographer Imogen Knight. Throw in the text and lyric of playwrights E V Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson and you have a potentially unique hybrid evening that crosses the boundaries between theatre and concert to speak of female experience and things that can only be expressed in song.
The Song Project returns in 2022 with nine performances in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court, followed by performances at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) later in the year. A mix of a gig and theatre, The Song Project is a collection of songs by five playwrights exploring the hopes and anxieties of life, performed live by one Europe’s most exciting artists, Wende and a company of musicians. From dark, thrashing, furious songs exploring loss of identity, rage, terror and alienation; to joyous and defiant anthems about conquering fear, love, sex, hope and motherhood; each song stands alone in its own world like a first-person confessional revelation. Together the collection journeys through fear, angst and loneliness, to acceptance, hope and joy as one exhilarating song cycle. With words by playwrights E.V. Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson, The Song Project was conceived by Royal Court associate designer Chloe Lamford and award-winning Dutch singer and composer Wende, in collaboration with composer Isobel Waller-Bridge and choreographer Imogen Knight. The Song Project and Wende have drawn comparisons as far ranging as Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Bat For Lashes, Barbara and Joanna Newsom.