Thursday, 16 October 2014
MurleyDance Hail Britannia
This time last week I saw Sarah Kundi in English National Ballet's Swan Lake (see "What Manchester does today" 10 Oct 2014). She led me to Ballet Black, one of my favourite companies (see "Ballet Black's Appeal" 12 March 2013), and introduced me to the work of Christopher Marney (see "Christopher Marney" 16 March 2014). I saw Ballet Black perform Marney's latest ballet Dogs don't do Ballet on Saturday. Sarah Kundi also led me to another great company, MurleyDance, for which she danced before joining ENB ("MurleyDance Triple Bill" 2 Dec 2013). I shall see that company's latest work, Hail Britannia, this Saturday. I am grateful for her for leading me to MurleyDance too.
MurleyDance is taking Hail Britannia on tour. The programme, includes works by Richard Chappell, Anaish Parmar and David Murley. Chappell's work considers the relationship between Henry II and Thomas Beckett. Knowing the Anouilh play as I do, I am expecting a lot from this work. Coinciding with diwali, Parmar's Shaadi is about Hindu wedding traditions in modern Britain. Murley has two works in the mixed programme, Frisky Claptrap which makes fun of British place names like Cockfosters and Fannyfield, and Highgrove Suite which is about a young girl's transition into womanhood.
The show is coming to the Shaw Theatre on Saturday where I shall be. It will them move to Epsom on the 22nd and Cheltenham on the 25th. The telephone numbers and websites of the theatres where Hail Britannia is to be performed are on the company's website.
The company depends on the public for support and you can donate or sponsor its work through its website.