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Garden of Madness

by Rua Arts

spoken-word-and-live-literature, music-and-opera

A rapturous collision of live looping and orchestral harp.

about the production

Created & performed by Pete ‘the temp’ Bearder & Emmy the Harp, Garden of Madness is compelling, empowering and absurd. It speaks to the mental health crisis, riffs on mystical traditions and sings of a love of Nature. Expect a one-of-a-kind act of rapture. Laugh, dance and prepare to be enchanted.

about the artist

Pete Bearder is an award-winning spoken word poet, author and comic. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service, and Newsnight. Emmy the Harp is a classically trained harpist with a lifelong dedication to her craft. Her collaborations include duets and bands ranging from prog-rock to afrobeat.

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stage dimensions

width: 4 metres

height: 5 metres

depth: 4 metres

Set: 1 x chair (provided by venue)
1 x table (provided by venue)
SX: 1 x tabletop loop machine
1 x kaos pad vocal processor
2 x mic & stand (provided by venue)
1 x harp & flute, 1 x stool, 1 x music stand
1 x keyboard (subject to artist availability)
3 x DI for loop machine, harp & keyboard (provided by venue)
LX: No fixed lighting design, will use what is available

#Music #Theatre #Spokenwordtheatre #Comedy #Interaction #Poetry #Spirituality
Target Audience: Live music & festival goers, poetry & spokenword fans and contemporary
performance lovers
Central Themes: community, mental health & environment

‘Fresh, empowering and fun’

Shindig Festival

‘Nuts, sublimely nuts’

Green Gathering

Happy to discuss and arrange BSL interpretation / audio description / pre-show touch tour.

A Workshop in Joy Generation
Joy Hacks is a fun, fascinating and practical exploration of mental resilience and self-induced joy. You will be guided through meditation and physical exercises, with some laughter yoga and even nonsense yoga thrown in.
Gain a fuller understanding of the mind, and learn some psycho-technologies for generating optimal joy in a world of inevitable suffering. In this completely unique and musical workshop experience, Pete’s facilitation and Emmy’s live orchestral harp will help carry us into group states of flow.

Age guidance: 12yrs + Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

The workshop can be outdoors / indoors.

£600 - £800 open to guarantees/fees/splits

This project adheres to the latest Covid19 guidelines.