A Night at the Theatre
A New International, in association with the Glad Café and Vanishing Point, present “A Night at the Theatre”: a concert in two halves featuring the world premiere of a new collection of songs by A New International for a forthcoming theatrical production by Vanishing Point that will premiere in Spring 2019.
Inspired by classic songwriters of musical theatre such as Kurt Weill and Lionel Bart, by Weimar-era cabaret, classic chanson and on through popular west-end showtunes, these songs find themselves in a musical space somewhere in between Leonard Cohen and The Muppets. This special performance will see A New International create a dramatic, lyrical evening of song, at times bawdy, anarchic, satirical and melancholy, yet with a strong sense of melodicism throughout as jolly showtunes, tragic ballads and bonkers bacchanalia are all belted out to the backdrop of a band as a haunted cabaret act and the soundtrack to a darkly comic opera.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Presented by Soundhouse
The Glad Cafe
Part of Celtic Connections 2018
"This production’s ringleader is Biff Smith of A New International, deadpan troubadour for the dead, with a mad grin and a voice somewhere between Jack Skellington and Freddie Mercury. The incomparable Pauline Goldsmith of Vanishing Point, joined by brilliant Peter Kelly, shine as tellers of tales, reciting poetic interludes from their black hymnals and bringing colourful characters [back] to life." **** Edinburgh Guide
"A New International...have a strong, dramatic sound. Smith, who flits between acoustic guitar and accordion, is a flamboyant, charismatic front man, and with a violin, a double bass and a brass section also thrown into their mix, this move into theatre is a very natural transformation. With fine musicianship and its irreverent imagining of the afterlife, the pop opera and its national tour...promise much for next year." Pennyblack Music
"vividly theatrical....beautifully expressive" The Scotsman
The Brass Section
Mike Meyer (8th March)
Songs by A New International
Spoken words by Matthew Lenton
Photography by Chris Scott