People Show, Josette Bushell-Mingo and Mike Figgis join forces for
People Show 119: Ghost Sonata
THE PALM HOUSE, SEFTON PARK, LIVERPOOL
Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 April 8.30pm
Co-commissioned by Liverpool Culture Company for 08 and Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust with support from Arts Council England and Unity Theatre
This April, People Show return to Liverpool for 119: Ghost Sonata is an epic promenade performance that moves the audience outside and inside the iconic Palm House in Sefton Park.
Inspired by the play ‘The Ghost Sonata’ by August Strindberg, Ghost Sonata has been devised by People show and directed by award-winning Josette Bushell-Mingo, currently Artistic Director of The Silent Theatre Stockholm and well known for her work as both actor and director.
The music is composed by by Oscar-nominated film director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, The Browning Version, The Sopranos), who returns to work with the company with whom he began his acting career.
Darkly funny, surreal and visually spectacular, Ghost Sonata is People Show’s 119th, the culmination of an idea which was conceived over 40 years ago. Based on the classic fairy story of a beautiful dying princess living in a decaying house, awaiting the kiss of her prince, Ghost Sonata is a piece of vaudevillian anarchy underpinned by the moral of ageism.
In Ghost Sonata, People Show weave their magic and take you on a journey which glides through opera to an inner sanctum – a lavish and lascivious world of contrast, a world where ghosts walk. Here you will encounter corseted ladies, a mummy, a vampiric cook as you breath the scent of hyacinth are serenaded by the strains of Gypsy Balkan music, Wagner, vaudeville and refreshed with tea.
Ghost Sonata will be performed in the Palmhouse, a beautifully restored Victorian glasshouse in the leafy setting of Sefton Park
For the production People Show has been working with students from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, graduates from Hope St and dancers from Merseyside Dance Initiative who will be performing in the show.
Composer Mike Figgis said “I am delighted to be re-united with the People Show for this special collaboration and am looking forward to the creative process.”
Fiona Gasper Executive Producer, Liverpool Culture Company added “Ghost Sonata is a very exciting co-commission for 08 and is the culmination of a 40 year old dream for People Show. The production will be staged in one of the city’s most beautiful settings and involves performers from Liverpool who will work alongside on of the UK’s most innovative and exciting theatre companies.”
Elizabeth-Anne Williams, Director of Sefton Park Palm House added ‘We are thrilled to be working with People Show and await the arrival of People Show 119: Ghost Sonata with excited anticipation. We know that this commission for 08 will inspire the imagination. It will transform Sefton Park Palm House from a sparkling glasshouse full of plants to a place of weird fairytales for the duration of the performances.”
People Show 119: Ghost Sonata
Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool, 8.30pm, Tickets £12/ £10 (conc)
Booking: Unity Theatre Box Office 0151 709 4988
Please note capacity is limited, advance booking recommended to avoid disappointment.
Running time: Approx 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Part of this show takes place outside so please dress accordingly. If you have any access requirements please let us know when you book the show.
Please note that the show contains some adult themes and is not suitable for young children.