Dido & Aeneas: Remixed

‘Amazing choreography, ingeniously creative and visually powerful.’
Everything Theatre

An epic tale of a people torn from their land by war, searching for a new home, whilst struggling against a climate of prejudice & fear.

In association with Greenwich Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre, and supported by Arts Council England, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, The Classical Association, The Really Useful Group and Old Vic New Voices NMT Automatics presents Dido & Aeneas: Remixed, a play, adapted from Virgil’s The Aeneid. A unique mixture of Purcell’s opera with a new sampled, beat driven soundscape; text, corporeal theatre and urban/lyrical dance.

Combining four professional actors with a ‘Greek Chorus’ of community participants and using raw materials to visually and aurally create an ‘alternative’ Carthage – an industrialized classical era. Metal scraps become drums of war & wooden stools become the innards of an ancient ship.

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Can love conquer all? Can a vulnerable nation overcome ‘fear of the other’?

12 local young people and community members per venue will have the opportunity to act alongside us, via free workshops.

Contact nmtautomatics@outlook.com or venues for info on how to be a participant in the free workshops.

NMT Automatics will also be performing an extract of Dido & Aeneas: Remixed entitled Myths of an island: Aeneas in Sicily at selected venues. Further details can be found here.

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Press:

‘What was most surprising for me was how refreshing the show was. I’m not familiar with theatre-dance as a medium, but the experimental style of the show had me captivated. It managed to convey what words could not: the different experiences of loss, xenophobia and love (duh.)

I have to commend NMT Automatics’ decision to include participants from workshops in the show. This risky decision paid off as the participants which made up the Greek Chorus were just as professional as the company of actors.  Yet it was the actors and the choreography which made my jaw drop. Watching the talented performers carry out intensive and elaborate routines so seamlessly made my muscles ache! I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of rehearsal it took to execute each sequence with such poise, chemistry and synchronicity. Truly it was something extraordinary.’
Everything Theatre review, Francessca Charlemagne 

Audience Feedback:

‘Everything I enjoy about the show. I want to know more about this epic!’
Srijeeta Sinharay  (35-45)

Nadia 26-35 most enjoyed, ‘the drama, music and tension’ while her 10 year old. Enjoyed ‘ the dance and movement’

What attracted me to the piece was, ‘The costumes and crowd, and it’s quite rare we see plays in our Library. The expressions of the actors were amazing as well as the gymnastic routines. Would like to see more plays here more often, maybe even Shakespeare!
Tvona kalaimaran (12-16)

‘I most enjoyed the dance and music. Carry on the good work and thank you very much for a lovely show!
Anon (35-45)

‘It was all good, thank you, so glad I came!’
Carrolle Jamieson (60+)

‘We most enjoyed the performance and the energy and would love to see you more!’
Jojo Thomas (5-10)

‘It was brilliant, I most enjoyed the expressions on their faces and the way they expressed the story!’
Panayioda Georgiou (26-35)

‘The show was brilliant from start to finish. The acting was superb. I especially loved their interpretation of the play.’
David Rayment (46-59)

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 Twitter inc.:

Rosie Ward: ‘Really enjoyed @NMTAutomatics performance of Dido & Aeneas: Remixed @GreenwichTheatr. Physically stunning & beautiful storytelling!’

Steve Nealon Associates: ‘Loved Dido and Aeneas at Greenwich Theatre yesterday. Fab production and SNA’s John Slade wonderful @NMTAutomatics’

Sheri Sadd: ‘Congrats Noah, Jennie & Team ‪@NMTAutomatics on a V.Imaginative show,dynamic choreography & soundscape were my fav elements. Highly recommend’

Ian Noble: Saw this tonight.wow! Fantastic combination of movement, choreography design and fantastic storytelling.highly recommended’

Dido & Aeneas: Remixed 2016 tour dates:       

The British Museum
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performance: 22nd July (Free event, show times: 5.30pm, 6.40pm, 7.50pm)

Redbridge Central Library, Ilford
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performance (30mins) & ‘Greek Chorus’ workshop (40mins)
24th October (3pm – 4.15pm)

Clements Rd
Ilford IG1 1EA

FREE, drop in


Greenwich Theatre, London

Workshops:  26th and 29th October (5pm-9pm)
Performances: 30th October (2.30pm & 7.30pm)

Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill
London SE10 8ES

www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

Ticket prices: £16 (Concessions £11)
(£15 & £10 tickets plus £1 booking fee)
Box Office:
020 8858 7755


Headgate Theatre, Colchester
Workshops: 25th October and 1st November (5pm-9pm)
Performance: 2nd November (7.30pm)

14 Chapel Street North
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7AT

www.headgatetheatre.co.uk

Tickets: £11(Full), £10(Senior), £9(Student)
Box office:
01206 366000
tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk
Party bookings please call the box office

Riverhead Theatre, Louth
Workshop: 31st October (Evening)
Performance: 3rd November (7.30pm)

The Riverhead Theatre
Victoria Road
Louth
LN11 0BX

www.louthplaygoers.com

Tickets: Price range £5-£9
Box Office:
01507 600350


Charlton Park, Canterbury

Workshop: 11th November (5pm-9pm)
Performances: 12th November (4pm and 8pm)

Charlton Place
Charlton Park
Bishopsbourne
Canterbury
Kent, CT4 5JA

www.charlton-park.org

Tickets: £15, Concs £12, Groups of 6+ £8
Bookings: 01227 831355.


Redbridge Drama Centre, London

Workshops: 9th and 14th November (RYTW)
Performances: 17th November (5pm and 8pm)

Churchfields
South Woodford
E18 2RB

www.redbridgedramacentre.co.uk

Tickets: Price from £7.50
Box Office: 0208 708 8803


New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
Workshops: 16th and 18th November (5pm-9pm)
Performances: 19th November (2pm & 7pm)

20-24 Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth PO1 2DD

www.newtheatreroyal.com

Tickets: Prices from £10
Box Office: 023 9264 9000  


Tall Ships Festival 2017, Greenwich
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performances: April 2017 TBC

N.B All Dido & Aeneas: Remixed performance days include a pre-show ‘get in’ workshop with participants.
All workshops are free of charge for participants.

A NMT Automatics production

Adapted from Virgil and David West’s Translation by Jonathan Young

Director: Keith Homer

Dramaturg: Michael Woodwood

Choreographer: Jennie Dunne

Music: Henry Purcell & original compositions by David Hermann

Print Design and Set: Rion Willard

Cast: Noah Young, Genevieve Dunne, Natalia Rose and John Slade

All photos used in print material and for PR by Judie Waldmann.

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