Big Noise Festival

London Grey & Green Theatre Company were invited to perform two pieces at the Big Noise Festival 2014, which took place at the CLF Arts Cafe (Bussey Building), Peckham.

The Big Noise Festival is an annual ‘gathering of artists both visual and live to provide a fantastic day of entertainment’ which raises money for the Big Issue Foundation. Headliners included comedians Sara Pascoe and Richard Herring, DJ and MC duo The Correspondents, drum and bass DJ Dillinja, and Channel One Soundsystem. There was also beautiful visual art, performance poetry and cabaret. We particularly enjoyed Zena Edwards, Sara Pascoe, East End Cabaret, Joe Innes & the Cavalcade, MC Xander and The Correspondents – do check out their work!

Grey & Green presented two very different works:

Written by Ben Maier, directed by Charlie Ely

Magical Leon is a one-act play about the fierce and imaginative ways in which young people cope with reality. Set in London in the present day, it follows the friendship of Jude (an unemployed graduate) and Leon (a self-trained magician) as they negotiate the ins-and-outs of life in the city – sometimes funny, sometimes dark, always truthful… and occasionally magical. It was performed beautifully by Sam Caseley and Philippa Carson – both RCSSD alumni.

Ben Maier is a poet, playwright and performer. He recently co-wrote and provided songs for A Dashing Fellow (New Diorama). His one-man show An Imaginary Circus was praised as a “tour de force” (Edinburgh Guide), “magical” and “impossible to categorise” (Culture NI). Other credits include extensive work with Skinnybone Theatre and Wireless Mystery Theatre in Belfast, and lyrics for the Chiltern Shakespeare Company. He is currently developing an opera with composer Benjamin Ellin and director Olivia Fuchs.

Magical Leon transmuted into a full-length play – A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light – please visit the production page for more details.

Performed by Tessa Shrubsall & Andy Hill

Vivian Dubois and Tom Collins are a dramatic cabaret act like no other. Viv and Tom guide the audience through the different worlds that they have inhabited, through jazz and blues songs, and playful anecdotes. One minute, the audience are in occupied France, being serenaded by Ms. Piaf, and the next, in a smoky bar in downtown New Orleans, soaking up the sounds of Mr. Fats Domino and Mr. Armstrong. Originating at the monthly immersive theatrical event Vaudeville Emporium at Shaker & Company in Euston, The Vaudevillians now gig regularly throughout London. They have a residency at arts venue Open Ealing.

In addition to her work in theatre, Tessa Shrubsall is the lead vocalist and a founding member of Blushing Bones, a London-based band who recently played a tour of the east coast of America, most notably playing The Living Room in NYC. They have supported Simon Townshend of The Who, and Thunderclap Newman.

Andy Hill is an experienced multi-instrumentalist and arranger who has toured internationally and recorded at some of the UK’s top studios. He is currently contributing songs and session playing to Brit and MTV award winning singer Sam Smith’s forthcoming EP.