Mark R. Bannister
Orchestral & Instrumental
for Film, TV & Theatre
"I'll do everything I can to help you ...
You're not only the purest jewel in my diadem of girls,
you're also the only one I'm really fond of.
Stay with me. How could you leave now - now,
when death - real, final death - is at my door,
waiting beneath my windows?"
A brave and thought-provoking production of
Jean Genet's complicated play about the life of a Madame of a brothel,
her clients, her lovers, and an extraordinary circumstance they're
thrown into due to a revolution occurring in the city streets outside.
This production was
expertly directed by Simon Bickerstaffe, and featured particularly poignant and memorable
performances by Anneli Page as Madame Irma, Helen Linstead as Carmen, and
Michael J. Smith as the Bishop. The production also featured a
remarkable brothel scene expertly handled by Michael Walters as the General,
and Sarah Hill as his whore.
The music composed for The Balcony
involved big orchestral themes as well as dream-like, strange yet romantic
interludes to reflect the confusing and ambiguous feelings portrayed
by the characters, as they face the ever-approaching front-line of the revolution.
The music for the revolutionaries brought in a different feel, more folk-like,
less regimental or organised, freer in its lilting rhythms.
A lot of the atmospheric background music in this
production underscored dialogue, and coupled with extraordinary lighting and smoke
effects designed by Chris Allen, gave the theatrical experience a film-like quality.
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Chief of Police
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