03 May – 09 June
Effigies of Wickedness
Box office: 020 7229 0706
- Press night
Monday 14 May 2018
- Young people's night
£7.50 tickets for Under 26's Friday 18 May 2018
- Caption night
Performance and post-show talk is captioned suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing or use English as a second language Thursday 31 May 2018
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In this groundbreaking collaboration, the Gate Theatre and English National Opera present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.
As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices.
No surprise then, that they were censored, exiled, and incarcerated shortly after as 'degenerates'. And their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.
Gate Theatre Artistic Director, Ellen McDougall directs the final show of her inaugural season, featuring Lucy McCormick, Peter Brathwaite, Le Gateau Chocolat and Katie Bray.
Developed from an idea by Peter Brathwaite.
WICKED FRIDAYS: Every Friday, we will release 4 £15 tickets to every performance for the following week. Tickets will be released at 2pm on Friday 11, 18 and 25 May.
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes, no interval.
All songs will be sung in English.
Le Gateau Chocolat will not be performing on 18 and 19 May.
Recommended age guidance: 16+
This show contains swearing, flashing lights, haze and some nudity.
Trailer created by Misfit Films.
Since 2001 Jerwood Designers has given outstanding individuals the opportunity to lead on the design of productions at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill.
The support that the Jerwood Designers [link to Jerwood page] scheme provides in both nurturing talent and offering the opportunity of practical experience has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the country’s most exciting theatrical designers. Jerwood have now supported 90 placements on the Designers programme over the course of 16 years.
We are deeply grateful for the faith in our work shown by our funders.
Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive
Movement Director & Choreographer
Assistant Designer/Costume Associate
Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre. Previous credits at the Gate include - Effigies of Wickedness (2018), The Tale of the Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014). Other credits include The Wolves (Royal Theatre Stratford East, 2018), a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie(Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth(Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre).
She was awarded an International Artists' Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012; she was the runner up in the JMK Award 2008 and directed A Kind of Alaska at BAC. Her production of Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011. Ellen will direct Our Town at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in 2019.
Phil trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then at Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded the Postgraduate Accompanist Prize. He has performed piano concertos in St John’s Smith Square and Southwark Cathedral. Phil is a member of the highly regarded contemporary folk band Apple of my Eye (on double bass and vocals), and also a regular collaborator with singer and composer Tasha Taylor Johnson.
Opera includes: On the Road with Ron and Ros (Modern Music Theatre Troupe/Purcell Room/UK tour); Bathtime (ENO/Baylis programme); Angela (Rosemary Branch/Third Hand Opera company).
Composition for film includes: Connected, Brothers of War, and many short films for London Film School and Mountview Film School.
As arranger: The Noël Coward Songbook (Ian Bostridge/EMI), The Wars of the Roses (Kingston), Aladdin, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). Work as Musical Director includes: Fosse (European Tour/ Japan Tour), Chicago (London) Hairspray (London). Associate MD for: (all London) Legally Blonde, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Book of Mormon, Matilda.
Assistant MD: Doctor Dolittle (Hammersmith Apollo), Kiss Me, Kate (Chichester/Old Vic), Kinky Boots (Adelphi. MD for plays includes: Marianne Dreams (Almeida); The Taming of the Shrew, A Jovial Crew (RSC); The Silver Tassie (NT).
Christopher is the author of Overpowered: The Science & Showbiz of Hypnosis. He is a trained hypnotherapist and has reinvented the stage hypnotism routine in his theatre show The Singing Hypnotist. This was developed when he was the first Artist in Residence at The British Library in 2012. Christopher was the curator of Victorian Popular Entertainments: There Will Be Fun! at the British Library which ran from 2016-2017. He scripted the material for his own repertory company of performers to support the exhibition.
Christopher regularly writes for BBC Radio 4, including 9 series of Tina C and many radio plays. His most recent is How Success Ruined Me, a two hander with entertainment legend Roy Hudd about music hall singer, Fred Barnes. Christopher’s previous radio drama series The Experience of Love, a five-part series exploring queer history in the late 20th Century, is now being developed for television.
He performs as characters such as country music singer, Tina C. who has recently published her autobiography, Complete & Utter Country, rapping pensioner Ida Barr and cultural critic Jedd O’Sullivan. Christopher has won multiple awards the first being the Olivier award for Best Entertainment in 2004 and the most recently, best Cabaret Show at Brighton Festival 2017.
Christopher’s works in development include Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Mr Fred Barnes for production at Wilton’s Music Hall in May 2018, a commission from the Gate Theatre, London and the large-scale immersive show, The Home, in association with Entelechy Arts and The Albany for production in 2019.
Christopher is an Artistic Associate of Alexandra Palace, Wilton’s Music Hall, Duckie, Entelechy Theatre Company, and Creative Cowboy Films (Australia)
His first full-length play Moon River, an unsettling comedy about the social lives of the over-70s, was developed by the Soho Theatre and produced at the Pleasance and he later devised, composed and performed Mess with Caroline Horton, which won The Stage Award for Best Ensemble, 2012 and toured internationally.
Seiriol’s first musical How To Win Against History, about Henry Cyril Paget, the cross-dressing black sheep Marquis of Anglesey, opened at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim, and played two consecutive total sellout runs there in 2016 and 2017. It then toured the UK before transferring to a sellout run at London's Young Vic in December 2017. It has won several awards including a The Stage Award and the Wales Theatre Award.
They have performed their work in various venues across the UK, USA, and Canada, and have been supported by Arts Council England, Canadian Council for the Arts, a-n, Fierce Festival, Hackney Showroom, Chisenhale Dance Space, Live Art Development Agency, and Marlborough Theatre and Pub, and have performed with various artists like Last Yearz Interesting Negro, Rachael Young, Project O, SPIT!, Randy Reyes, Dalston Ballet, amongst many others. They’ve also taught workshops and courses around their dance practice at University of Illinois (USA), Glasgow School of Art (UK), Otion Front Studio (USA), The Workroom (UK), Gibney Dance (USA), Goldsmiths University (UK), CLOUD at Danslab (NL), Leeds Beckett University (UK), Tate Modern (UK), and School of New Dance Development (NL). Their newest work (in collaboration with Ellen Furey), SOFTLAMP.autonomies premieres at Theatre La Chapelle (CA) in April 2018.
He has been assistant director on many Opera North productions.
Lucy is the Artistic Director of Milk Presents, an Associate Company of Derby Theatre and the Bush Theatre. Milk Presents enable audiences to queer their world and are quoted by The Stage as making ‘Theatre that flies in the face of convention’. The company make theatre, run workshops, club nights, community projects, gender access training and artistic disruptions.
Lucy is the recipient of a BBC Fellowship and BBC Legacy Award. Their work often forefronts trans and queer narratives, and their latest play BULLISH, commissioned by the Jerwood Home Run Commission at Camden People’s Theatre, premiered to a sell-out run, and is touring the UK in Autumn 2018.
Directing credits for theatre include: The Bear / The Proposal (Young Vic), JOAN (Milk Presents and Derby Theatre); BULLISH, Bluebeard, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood, Milk Presents Self Service (Milk Presents); Penelope Retold (Caroline Horton and Derby Theatre); 3 Wise Monkeys (Hiccup Theatre) and The Secret Keeper (co-director, Angela Clerkin and Oval House),
As Associate / Assistant Director: Herons, dir. Sean Holmes (Lyric Hammersmith), The Complete Deaths dir. Tim Crouch (Spymonkey), The Odyssey, Brassed Off dir. Sarah Brigham (Derby Theatre); Islands dir. Omar Elerian (Bush Theatre); Father Christmas, dir. Emma Earle (Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse). Encourage The Others dir. Lu Kemp (Almeida Projects); Epidemic dir. Alex Ferris (Old Vic New Voices).
Opera roles include Yamadori Madama Butterfly and Marcello La Boheme (Nederlandse Reisopera); Kaidama Il Furioso All’Isola Di San Domingo, L’incognito L’Assedio Di Calais, Elviro Xerxes, Silvano La Calisto and Schaunard La Boheme (all English Touring Opera); L’incognito L’Assedio Di Calais (Armel Festival Opera, Budapest); Sid La Fanciulla Del West (Opera Holland Park), and Nelson Porgy & Bess (Opéra de Lyon). His world premieres include Billy Bone in Lynne Plowman's Captain Blood’s Revenge (Glyndebourne); Luis in Randal Corsen’s Katibu Di Shon under Ed Spanjaard at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Nederlandse Reisopera); Mimoun in Emily Howard's Zatopek! at Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and recorded on the NMC label); Mr Lancashire in David Stoll's The Drummer Boy of Waterloo for Jubilee Opera at Aldeburgh, and Shakespeare settings by Alex Silverman for What You Will (Shakespeare's Globe), directed by Mark Rylance. His other performances in contemporary repertory include the demanding role of Jean in Philippe Boesmans' Julie for Operastudio Vlaanderen and premiere music by Orlando Gough in Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Roles at the Royal College of Music included Nardo La Finta Giardiniera , Papageno Die Zauberfloete and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Brathwaite recently performed Mozart arias in televised concerts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tonu Kaljuste, and has appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and BBC Concert, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall and deSingel, Antwerp. Festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Edinburgh International, Brighton, London Handel and Britten100 at BAM, New York. He has performed in recital at London Song Festival, Bridgewater Hall, the Elgar Room (Royal Albert Hall) and the Opera Vlaanderen with pianists including Graham Johnson and Alisdair Hogarth. Peter Brathwaite is the creator of the multimedia recital Degenerate Music: Music Banned by the Nazis. In collaboration with pianist Nigel Foster and digital artist James Symonds, the programme of previously banned works has been performed across the UK and recently toured to Studio Niculescu, Berlin.
In 2017/18 he sings Papageno Die Zauberflote at the Soho Theatre and on a tour of the UK, returns to the Spitalfields Music Festival for Feldspar Fogonogo including performances at Luxemburg, Hamburg, Denmark and London, Warder in Philip Hagemann’s The Dark Lady of Sonnets for Pegasus Opera, Effigies of Wickedness at the Gate Theatre and Cacambo Candide for West Green House Opera. Further ahead he makes his role debut at La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels in a new production directed by Ivo van Hove.
He is the recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary.
He has sung at Wigmore Hall and with Basement Jaxx at The Barbican. 3 subsequent solo shows have been made since the first; I heart Chocolat; Royal Albert Hall, In drag; A Royal Festival hall commission for the Purcell Room, and most recently Black, a Homotopia Festival commission which has played Liverpool and London’s Soho Theatre. Most recently, he joined the cast of Porgy and Bess at Regents Park Opera directed by Tim Sheader.
He also sang as part of the flotilla for the Queen's Jubilee, again working with composer Orlando Gough. Balladeer/Pastor Kimble, Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Bear / The Proposal (Young Vic) Feste in Twelfth Night, Emma Rice's final Shakespeare production at the Globe and Uncle/The Duke in The Black Rider for Malthouse and Victorian Opera, Melbourne.
Her hit show Triple Threat, took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2016 and had a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre in 2017.
Her other theatre credits include: Collective Rage (Southwark Playhouse); Roller Diner(Soho Theatre); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); The Naked Truth (National Tour); First Love is the Revolution (Soho Theatre); Big Hits (International Tour); SPLAT! (Barbican); Violent Incient (Arnolfini Bristol); External (National Tour); Dusa, Fish, Stas, Vi (Worksworth Festival); As You Like It (Worksworth Festival/Jagged Fence Productions); The House of Bernada Alba (Tristan Bates Theatre)
Lucy won the Dublin Fringe Best Performer Award, Glasgow's Brick Award and the TV Bomb Groundbreaker Award for her show Triple Threat. She was further nominated for Emerging Artist at the Total Theatre Awards Edinburgh Festival. She has also received a Off West End Award nomination for Best Female for her role in Collective Rage.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Katie Bray has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the Holywell Music Room and she appears regularly in the London English Song Festival, where she directed concerts at Wilton’s Music Hall, as well as at the Oxford Lieder Festival for which she recently recorded a disc of Schumann songs with Sholto Kynoch. She is particularly noted for baroque repertoire and has appeared with Barokksolistene and Bjarte Eike, Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, La Nuova Musica, Ludus Baroque and Spira Mirabilis.
Katie Bray graduated as a Karaviotis Scholar from the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize and won First Prize in the Richard Lewis Singing Competition.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include a return to Opera North as Louis XV.
Chair/Female Cat/Owl L’enfant et les sortilèges and Lola Cavalleria Rusticana, her debut with Welsh National Opera as Zerlina Don Giovanni, and concerts with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.
Fra Rustumji is a London-based violinist and violist. She performs variously as a soloist and chamber musician, and has a particular passion for multi-disciplinary projects. Her performances as principal violinist for Shadwell Opera have won critical acclaim and she is also a principal player in the Multi-Story Orchestra, a Peckham-based orchestra whose aim is to bring classical music into unexpected places.
Fra has recently finished touring the U.K. with Joss Arnott Dance Company, for whom she performed 'V' for solo viola and solo dancer by James Keane. Fra has recorded music for productions at the Royal Court, and the National Theatre for their production of 'Consent', as well as for BBC documentaries and such artists as Femi Temowo and Engines Orchestra. She has also covered the on-stage role of 'Cat' in Julian Philips' opera How the Whale Became at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House.
Fra also works closely with poets, and is curating a weekend of poetry and live classical music concerts in Peckham this season. The summer will also see her performing as guest violinist with the Tritium trio at Dartington International Summer School and Festival, as well as chamber music festivals across the U.K and Europe.
Fra read music at King's College, Cambridge before completing her Master's with Krysia Osostowicz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London in 2013.
Alongside working frequently within the world of jazz music and live performance, Cassie has also written for short film and videogame as well as professional classical ensembles such as the Benyounes Quartet and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent ventures include currently partaking in the London Symphony Orchestra's renowned Panufnik Scheme 2018-19, a Sound and Music funded series of events with her ensemble SEED (Driftglass) and working as the sole composer for The Old Vic Theatre's professional development programme 2016-17.
Notable artists Cassie has worked alongside include Zoe Rahman, Nathaniel Facey, Yazz Ahmed and Laura Jurd. In 2012 Cassie was shortlisted for the BBC Young Composer of the Year award and recently won the Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017 (Best Newcomer) as part of the ensemble Nerija.
03 May – 09 June
Effigies of Wickedness
Box office: 020 7229 0706
- Press night
Monday 14 May 2018
- Young people's night
£7.50 tickets for Under 26's Friday 18 May 2018
- Caption night