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A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing

Commissioned and produced by Music Network and The Ark and was originally funded by The Arts Council/An Chomharle Ealaion.

For small ensemble and live animation.

As the nights draw in and the days get colder, a rolling snowball of four wondrous musicians and some light fingered animation explores the magic draw, mystery, frustration and fun all things Wintry. Those giant wooly jumpers your granny always knit, the maverick “Abominable Snowman” who is just misunderstood and heaps of tangled Christmas tree lights all become the subject of this wonderful, dynamic show for children and grown ups of all ages.

 

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Reviews

**** Four Stars. Numbers such as Ice Maiden match the mystery of Yuletide celebration with magical melodies, while songs such as My Christmas Lights Are Tangled pair the chaos of Christmas preparations with more complex atonal noise.
The Irish Times

“Some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you’ll ever hope to hear – musical play in the highest sense: exuberant, spontaneous and irresistibly alive”
Washington Post on Brian Irvine

Production History

22, 25, 26, 27, 29 Nov 2014
The Ark, Dublin

1 Dec 2014
Linen Hall, Castlebar

2 Dec 2014
Hawk’s Well, Sligo

4 Dec 2014
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

5 Dec 2014
The Ramor Theatre, Virginia

7 Dec 2014
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

9 Dec 2014
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

10 Dec 2014
Siamsa Tire, Tralee

11 Dec 2014
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

12 Dec 2014
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda

13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 Dec 2014
The Ark, Dublin

28 Nov 2015
The MAC, Belfast

Credits

Composer: Brian Irvine

Writer: John McIlduff

Video Designer: Matthew Robins

Visuals: Emma Fisher

Performers
Piano: Matthew Bourne
Cello & Voice: Matthew Sharp
Percussion: Alex Petcu
Clarinet: Paul Roe

Commissioned and produced by Music Network and The Ark and was originally funded by The Arts Council/An Chomharle Ealaion.