On Thursday I went to the London launch of And So Forth, which is a new interdisciplinary opera and theatre company that specialises in collaborative work between exceptional emerging artists. Now there’s a mouthful. I’ll be honest and admit that I bought a ticket solely because the artistic director of And So Forth, Laura Attridge, is a friend of mine and I wanted to support her new business. I knew it would involve music, probably opera, and that was it. If you’re looking for sophisticated critique then you’re in the wrong place, but here are my thoughts on the evening.
The evening opened with jazz music during the drinks reception, the singer was Harriet Eaves and I wish I had got there earlier so I could have heard more of her! Particularly liked her version of Toxic, but it was all fabulous. Then the main event started and I was awash in a sea of confusion. This isn’t a criticism, it’s just a very sad fact that I have trouble following the words of operatic verse! However, the sound of the music was beautiful and very evocative, and I enjoyed it very much. The verses were in the program so in theory I could have followed it better by reading… but to be honest I actually like just enjoying the sound and feel of the music as they are. It’s nice knowing what’s going on (I caught up with the program during the interval), but there’s something lovely about just enjoying sound for what it is at face (ear?) value.
After the interval there was an acted piece which I thought was excellent: very involving, well written, and well performed. Top marks for that and I’d love to see more of it. The evening ended with a 12 minute opera which I did manage to follow, and I enjoyed that in a different way to the earlier performance.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening (church pews aside – ooh they’re not the comfiest of things are they?) and I look forward to attending more of And So Forth’s productions in the future.