The Measure of Things – A song recital with a plot twist
29 July 2018
Schubert song has been a faithful companion to me since my twenties. As I have evolved as an artist, his songs have at times challenged, consoled and guided.
From the self-esteem struggles of the Young Nun through to the futility of consumerism in the King of Thule, I have become convinced that his songs hold wisdoms that can help us navigate this new renaissance we are living in.
In wanting to explore further my relationship with Schubert song, I’m developing a song recital called, The Measure of Things. It seeks to re-imagine the song platform as a blend of recital and theatre in order to explore friendship, loneliness and inequality in today’s society.
To help me do this I have created a character called Beryl. Beryl agrees with Darwin, a grain of sand can turn the tide. But her belief takes her far beyond a nice of cup of tea and a hobnob. Through Schubert song and her own insignificance, Beryl stands face to face with her nemesis, muses on the art of pom-pom making, and finds a special kind of truth.