“I have much to say,” sings Ryan Keen on his track Orelia, and it’s true: he does have plenty to communicate, but then, he’s packed quite a lot into his first quarter-century. And now he’s coming to tell you his stories. The singer-songwriter with the warm, breathy voice, technically virtuosic guitar playing style and armful of confessional and/or observational material is about to become your favourite new bard.
He was born in 1987, in Totnes, to a speech therapist mother and deep sea diver dad. Growing up, he listened to an eclectic mix of music: the seminal folk axis of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn but also blues legends such as BB King and King’s most famous acolyte Eric Clapton as well as Buena Vista Social Club - he even had a hip hop phase. His all-time hero is John Lennon and he thinks the first two Coldplay albums are “genius”. And he’s heavily influenced by Spanish guitar - a travelling Flamenco guitarist turned up in Totnes one day and turned Ryan onto that style of playing. You can hear all of these influences, to a greater or lesser extent, in Ryan’s songs.
Matthew Bourne unites a cast of New Adventures dancers with remarkable young talent from Aberdeen in an extraordinary adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel, Lord of the Flies.
Dogstar presents a visceral horror story, a multi-media performance dominated by that vital fluid, blood.
Damien and Martin are brothers who do not see very much of their elderly Aunt Agatha. But the business is in difficulties. Agatha has wisdom, experience, and money. It’s the money that they want to focus on. Expecting to inherit her cash, and not too enthusiastic about the wait, it is decided the time is right to invite her round for a “ fly cup.” They have also bought some poison. At the visit, revelations unfold, attitudes change, consciences rise and sink, and refreshments are served. Nothing will be the same after Auntie Agatha comes to tea.
This production brings together the award winning team of Stellar Quines Artistic Director Muriel Romanes and designer Keith McIntyre who together created The Unconquered, winner of the Best New Play in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, 2007.
March Moves 2014, Citymoves Dance Agency presents Quartet, Rosalind Masson & Jack Webb Quartet is performed and created by these two contrasting choreographers, rising talents of Scotland´s dance scene. Idiosyncratic energy meets fluid and dynamic form, a man and woman explore different faces of the same coin. With extraordinary live music from sound artist and composer Jan Hendrickse, and DroneShaman James T. McKay of The Cosmic Dead.
Friday 19 January