New interdisciplinary theatre company, And So Forth, launches this week, with the aim to create opera and theatre through interdisciplinary collaboration between exceptional emerging artists. The company will strive to “find a balance between integrity and innovation” and “strive equally to honour and challenge the art forms within which we work.”
To celebrate its arrival on London’s theatre scene, the company is holding an evening of musical and theatrical performances to introduce the team, work and artistic vision.
The launch will be held on Thursday 4th June 2015 at St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens W2, opening with a drinks reception at 7.30pm, and programme commencing at 8pm. Tickets are £10 on the door, to include a complimentary drink.
Says artistic director Laura Attridge, “Collaboration, for us, is more than just a gimmick; we don’t use the word ‘interdisciplinary’ because it’s trendy. We believe that by working together in an environment of mutual support our collective and individual practices will be challenged and ultimately strengthened. We believe that by sharing practice we can bridge critical gaps between creative industries. We believe that in today’s climate, emerging artists need all the support they can get, especially from one another.”
The programme will include:
- An exclusive extract from ASF’s inaugural show, Damsel/Wife/Witch – a interdisciplinary piece exploring 21st Century gender roles and expectations through fairy tale – ahead of its full performance in September 2015
- The premiere of a new song cycle, written as a result of collaborative work between seven hand-picked partnerships of young composers and singers
- A concert performance of Now, a mini opera by Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, Lewis Murphy, and ASF Artistic Director, Laura Attridge.