A Spanish musical in Stranraer.
Stranraer is set to welcome back musicians who last performed here in 2014 delighting the audience with their concert of Spanish music. This time it is more musical than concert. Creating Carmen is a fully staged, costumed and professionally lit show for three musicians and two actors. It promises to be a fun-filled evening of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and Spanish and Spanish-inspired music by Boccherini, da Falla, Garcia-Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albeniz, all arranged by the musiciansthemselves for guitars and flute / voice. The project is a collaboration between CarmenCo and writer Clare Norburn, who has developed a series of concert/ plays which have toured to most of the UK’s leading venues and festivals, and director Nicholas Renton.CarmenCo is a trio comprising two classical guitarists, Francisco Correa and David Massey, and flautist-mezzo Emily Andrews. Their arrangements exploit the rich texture of the two guitarswith and without flute or voice, and they perform entirely from memory, #enabling them to move around the stage while performing and connect exquisitely with each other and their audience.The main characters are Prosper Merimée, writer of the novella on which Bizet’s Carmen was based, and Carmen herself as imagined by Merimée. Prosper Merimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character – Carmen – turns up in his study, larger than life, with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Which one of them controls the narrative? And what happens when Carmen discovers the nasty ending Mérimée has planned for her?
The performance takes place at the Ryan Centre Theatre on Wednesday 6th October at 7.30 pm.
Tickets cost £10 for adults and are available now from the Ryan Centre or online using this link:
Music For All – Creating Carmen at Ryan Centre Event tickets from TicketSource
School children are free but should still book a ticket.
”Refreshing, original, fun” – audience feedback at Stroud Green Festival – June 2019“Bouts of intimacy, creativity and comedy… nearly all the best Spanish tunes I can thinkof.” – The Latest magazine