Jessica Walker & Luke Styles
The People's Cabaret
The culmination of a three year project with Norfolk communities, singer Jessica Walker and composer Luke Styles are joined by the Chroma Ensemble for a night of contemporary responses to the protest songs.
In 2023 we find ourselves living through times of unprecedented social, cultural and economic upheaval. Well…almost unprecedented. Track back 90 years, and there are striking parallels to be drawn with Europe and America in the 1930s, when Populism was on the rise, and much of the world found itself in the midst of a Great Depression. Back then, composers and writers responded to their times in biting, satirical tone. The songs of Weill, Eisler, Spoliansky, Hollaender and Brecht ranted against racism, capitalism and oppression, until their authors were forced to flee the country, in fear for their lives.
The songs written by these seminal artists are still regularly performed today, as illustrations of a past that must never be repeated, but where are the contemporary responses? Singer/writer Jessica Walker and composer Luke Styles hold a mirror up to the time of unrest we are living through, and create a cutting-edge work for our age, with a brand new cycle of songs about discrimination, social inequality, freedom of expression, and the rise of fake news.
‘A bewitching performer…’ The New York Times on Jessica Walker
‘original, thought-provoking, and funny with a refreshing new slant on gender identity…genuinely moving’ Musical Theatre Review 5* on Jessica Walker
‘Walker….sings with a spontaneity that perfectly dovetails with Atkins’ composition…the lyrics are fiendishly clever and deftly worked’ The Reviews Hub 4* on Jessica Walker
‘The performance is perfection’ West End Best Friend 4* on Jessica Walker
‘an anarchic tone in which the influences of Alban Berg and Kurt Weill fuse merrily.’ The Independent on Luke Styles
‘… with visceral growls from its four excellent instrumentalists.’ The Financial Times – Hannah Nepil on Luke Styles
Jessica Walker – Voice
Hannah Azuonye – Actor
Age guidance: 12+
Content warning: some strong language
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Seating: This is a seated event
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Produced by Music and Theatre
Co-commissioned by Brighton and Norfolk & Norwich Festival