The Art of Change: Suffrage Project 
Meet The Art of Change: producer/contralto Rhonda Browne, producer/soprano Christine Cunnold, bass Oliver Hunt, pianist Nicola Rose and  director Fiona Williams. A dynamic team of artists, all of whom share a passion for art song, society and politics. We are committed to bringing life to art song, using it to bring a new perspective to current and historical socio-political events.  This has led to our first production, THE RECKONING, celebrating the VOTE100 suffrage centenary.

Why Song?:
Art songs were written for the general population to be able to sing, exploring normal human experiences and relationships: an evening’s entertainment in your own home. We want to show audiences that art song can still be enjoyed by anyone and that, whether contemporary or historical, it still holds a relevant message. We aim to remove any barrier between the performer and the audience, by performing in non-concert, multi-arts venues across the country

The Reckoning:
Our new political play THE RECKONING, written by Lila Palmer, combines dialogue with existing art songs, folk songs, and newly written songs, by composers Eve Harrison and Ella Jarman-Pinto. The piece covers three historic eras through the eyes of four women: the leveller Elizabeth Lilburne, the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, and two fictional modern MPs, interweaving their stories to explore how the voices of women have been heard over time.

The current political landscape seems like reality TV, with party dramas making weekly headline news! The piece isn't political in a partisan way, but looks at the fundamental functioning of democracy.  By understanding our past we are better able to create a path for the future.

We are going to be travelling across the country, visiting Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield and London.  But before we go on tour we are doing a workshop of the production at the Iris Theatre in Covent Garden on May 4th. This will give us the space to rehearse the production and figure out if anything needs changing. We then hope to be able to reach even more venues once we have some images and photos from the workshop performance.

Your Support:
Your support will ensure that we are able to get the first phase of workshops off the ground.  Your donation will help to fund, but not exclusive to: set/props, costume, stage manager, song composition, designer, and rehearsal venue. (Don’t forget the tea & biscuits!)

The team have poured their time, hearts and creativity into the project. Your support not only means everything to us, but allows us to share our work, passion and vision.

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