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Never such innocence - a narrative recital of words and music from World War 1

Sunday March 18, 2018 at 19:30
Jermyn Street Theatre, London
£18, £15 (concessions)
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  1. MCMXIV - words by Philip Larkin
  2. Salut d’amour Op 12 - Sir Edward Elgar
  3. Peace - words by Rupert Brooke
  4. Polonaise in A 'Military' Op 40 No 1 - Fryderyk Chopin
  5. Break of day in the trenches - words by Isaac Rosenberg
  6. Prélude No 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune, from 12 Préludes, Book 2 - Claude Debussy
  7. As the team's head brass - words by Edward Thomas
  8. Lament for strings (for Catherine aged 9, Lusitania, 1915) H 117 - Frank Bridge
  9. They - words by Siegfried Sassoon
  10. Rigaudon, from Le tombeau de Couperin - Maurice Ravel
  11. Dulce et decorum est - words by Wilfred Owen
  12. Bewegt Achtel, from 3 Klavierstücke Op 11 - Arnold Schoenberg
  13. Perhaps - words by Vera Brittain
  14. Prelude No 8 in F sharp - Ivor Gurney
  15. Bach and the sentry - words by Ivor Gurney
  16. Prelude and Fugue No 8 in E flat minor from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' BWV 853 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  17. Futility - Wilfred Owen
  18. Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma' Op 36 - Sir Edward Elgar

In their acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis look back at the writing and music that emerged from the period, juxtaposing the words of writers such as Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain with piano music by composers including Elgar, Ravel, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Ivor Gurney. In a moving and thought-provoking sequence, they also trace the individual story of nineteen-year-old conscript Private Percy O’Key through his real-life letters and diaries. It is a compelling journey from innocence to loss, told with unflinching clarity and compassion.

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Audience comments from previous performances:

“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production”
"The most amazing evening... one of the most moving and thought provoking events I have ever attended."
“Beautifully nuanced show – tender, moving, angry”
“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to …I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.“

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