GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT

October 19, 2012

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Crumbs on Stage and Jermyn Street Theatre present

 

GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT

 

Spectacular Dance Theatre at Powerful Proximity this November at Jermyn Street Theatre

Directed and Choreographed by Drew McOnie

Music by TTJ

Set Design by Ryan Laight

Lighting Design by Phil Hewitt

 

8th November – 10th November 2012

 

Theatre falls in love with dance and jazz in Drew McOnie’s world premiere dance piece featuring a completely original score by Tasha Taylor Johnson (TTJ).

Drew McOnie, known for his stint on BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, is considered to be the pretender to Matthew Bourne’s throne, whilst TTJ is fast becoming the hottest ticket in London’s jazz scene with her smooth vocal styling and infectious human rhythms.

The two are working together for the first time on Good Morning Midnight, which is inspired by a poem of the same title by Emily Dickinson. The piece is a physical exploration into the sensual psychological corners of the female psyche and allows the dancers to leap from the confines of the chorus line and connect with an audience on a personal and individual level.

Come roll in the sheets with two of London’s hottest young creative artists as they collaborate on a project that has the stamina to keep you up all night.

The cast includes some of the most alluring theatre dancers in the industry: Jonathan Ollivier (Principal Dancer with Northern Ballet, Alberta Ballet, New Adventures, Michael Clark), Henry Davis (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde, Chariots of Fire) Simon Hardwick who is also Assistant Choreographer (Wicked, Grease, Footloose, Aida, Tommy, High School Musical 1&2, Water Babies), Carrie Johnson (Birmingham Royal Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Ballet, Principal New Adventures), Kirsty Mather (New Adventures, Captain America, Mamma Mia The Movie, Evita, West Side Story, Joseph), Jaslyn Reader (NDT 1&2, Soloist with Melbourne Ballet Company).

 

GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT

A World Premiere

Thursday 8th November – Saturday 10th November at 7:30pm and 9:30pm

Saturday Matinee 3:30pm

Jermyn Street Theatre

 

Director and Choreographer Drew McOnie

Choreography includes: The last Maharajah Workshop (Wyndhams Theatre- London) 13 (Directed by Jason Robert Brown- Apollo Theatre- London) Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre- London) Patience (The Union Theatre) The Producers (Arts Educational School) Tommy (European Tour) All the fun of the Fair (UK Tour) Dames at Sea (Union Theatre- London) Re-Play (Stage Entertainment); Grand Hotel (Arts Educational School); Spring Awakening (German Premier Frankfurt); On The Twentieth Century (Offie award Nomination. Union Theatre-London); Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Woking Theatre- FFE); Slaughter (Audience Choice Award Winner- The Place Prize); Aladdin (Glasgow Kings-FFE); The Full Monty (German Premier, Frankfurt); Kes (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour); Call Me Madam (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); Be Mine! Drew McOnie Dance Theatre (Robin Howard Theatre); Helden von Morgen (Stage Entertainment); The Old Man of Lochnagar for the NYB, mentored by Matthew Bourne, (Sadlers Wells & Hackney Empire); Victor Prey with music by Terry Davies (short film); Recodare which was pre-selected for the Cannes & Berlin Film Festival; Monochrome Suite for NYB (Sadlers Wells); Out In The Heat which won a Molly Lake Award (Peacock Theatre, London).

 

Drew is most commonly known as one of the finalist dancers on the first season of the hit BBC TV Show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.

 

On Stage Theatre Credits Include: Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures (UK Tour); Mr Mistophelees in Cats (Germany); Original cast of Shoes Directed by Stephen Mear (Sadler’s Wells); Mike in A Chorus Line (Lowry Theatre); Shall We Dance (Sadler’s Wells); On the Town (Paris); Chicago (Cyprus) The Snowman (Original West end cast and Video). For Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Original Cast Dorian Gray (London and UK tour); Nutcracker as Fritz (London and UK Tour) The Car Man (London and UK Tour) Original Cast Edward Scissorhands (London, UK, American and Asian National Tours).

 

Future projects include the UK Tour of James and The Giant Peach, Kiss Of The Spider Woman for Arts Educational Schools London and directing and choreographing Dear Edwina.

 

Creative Collaboration, Composition and Arrangement by Tasha Taylor Johnson

TTJ is a London based songwriter and performer. She trained as a dancer and performed lead roles in musicals such as We Will Rock You, Starlight Express and Mamma Mia! She then began recording her music after much critical acclaim and airtime from BBC Radio.

 

She tours the UK with her band and is currently about to release her debut album ‘Good Morning Midnight’ on her own record label.

 

Creative Producer Lucy Ockenden

Lucy is a producer with a technical production background specialising in musicals, dance and future technology.

 

Recent producing credits include; African Sanctus 2010, with United Learning; On The Twentieth Century at the Union Theatre, with Short Shrift; Seven Last Words at St James’s Piccadilly; Slaughter with Drew McOnie as part of the Place Prize sponsored by Bloomberg; HogTales, Line Producer, an observational documentary series.

 

Recent technical consultancy credits include; Björk Biophilia Tour; Josh Groban Straight to You Tour; Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Backbeat at the Duke of Yorks Theatre & Toronto; Jonsi/Sigur Ros international Tour; The Rocky Horror Picture Show European Tour; Phantom of the Opera UK Tour; Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray filmed for Channel 4.

 

Her first major production was realised in 2010 to critical acclaim. Since then, Lucy has been developing new shows as Creative Producer alongside Consultancy and Production Management for large scale productions with Knifedge Ltd.

 

Lucy is the director of production company This World Productions and of the newly incorporated Crumbs on Stage Ltd. This World Productions has recently taken on an association with the production of four regional pantomimes, one national tour and a series of projects related to the composer David Fanshawe. This World Productions currently acts as the rights holder to a new musical and a children’s show, both currently in development; whilst Crumbs on Stage Ltd currently has two other shows in development.

 

Set Design by Ryan Laight

Ryan is a visual artist, designer and maker working in film, theatre and commercial television.

 

Credits include: Designer for Le Gateau Chocolat at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Artistic Director for Starting Line, a new dance theatre commission for the Paralympic Torch handover in Aylesbury; designer for Animal Farm, Aiglon, Switzerland; due to design Chess at the Union Theatre, London.

 

Ryan is thrilled to be creating work with Drew, and to be involved in ‘Good Morning Midnight’.

 

Casting by Adam Maskell

Adam has recently started casting music theatre and dance. His credits include: London General auditions for Stage Entertainment Germany and London auditions for Disney’s Tarzan in Hamburg for Stage Entertainment.

 

Produced by Crumbs on Stage Ltd

Crumbs On Stage Ltd is a company set up by Drew McOnie and Lucy Ockenden in order to look after the intellectual property of Drew’s work, past, present and future; and to act as a production company for putting on shows.

 

With Crumbs On Stage Drew has several projects bubbling over. One piece is a new musical incorporating all that is great about classic musicals, dance theatre and new technology. The second is a triple-bill which will feature a full orchestra and some of the dance world’s most admired dancers.

 

About Jermyn Street Theatre

In 2012 Jermyn Street Theatre has built on its already burgeoning reputation as one of the most exciting venues of its size in the UK. At the beginning of the year the venue won Best Fringe Theatre of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards and since then, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, the theatre has gone from strength to strength. Productions have included the rare revival of Charles Dyer’s Mother Adam, the UK premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s St John’s Night and one of the highlights of the 2012 theatrical diary – the first ever full staging of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, directed by Trevor Nunn.

With a commitment to presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals, the theatre has also won acclaim with its previous productions of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs, The River Line by Charles Morgan, The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams and The Art of Concealment about the celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan. In 2011 Jermyn Street Theatre was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award.

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