Speaking In Tongues

Thursday June 25, 2015

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Little Bat productions presents: Speaking in Tongues - the story of nine interwoven lives. It deals with the right and wrongs of emotional conduct, of contracts broken between intimates, bonds forged between strangers and the darker aspects of human nature.

Sonja & Leon and Pete & Jane are all happily married. Or so they say. But one night Sonja meets Pete in a bar – they go back to a hotel room.  Leon meets Jane in a bar – they go back to a hotel room.  Is what happens tragic or inevitable?  How well do your really know the one you love?

A woman disappears. But who was the last one to see her alive?  Her husband? Her client? Or the man who finds her shoe in his car? Speaking in Tongues takes you on a journey through a web of deceit, love, lies and death to answer the question ‘Do you truly know the one you love?’

The production company Little Bat Bat is the creation of Meli Bach in collaboration with Simon McCay and Una McDade.

“Little Bat grew out of the need / desire to DO something and not just sit around waiting for someone else to cast us in great roles.  By taking control of ‘making it happen’ we get to cast ourselves and choose projects that challenge us.  When looking for material we wanted stuff that intrigued and captivated us.  When we first read Speaking in Tongues we all thought ‘how are we going to do this?’ That’s all part of the challenge. 

The ability of this play to capture the imagination, to keep people debating and asking questions, is one of the reasons we chose it.  It is brilliant writing and technically quite difficult with simultaneous scenes and overlapping dialogue.”
                                                                                                     - Meli Bach

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Review by Andrew Stewart:

"The recently renovated and elegant Webster’s theatre plays host to the fascinating production by Andrew Bovell, ‘Speaking In Tongues’.   

Meli Bach, Simon McCav, Jessica Phillippi and James J Robson take centre stage in this play about adultery and betrayal.  Opening in a sleazy hotel, we are introduced to the first four characters telling two similar stories at once.  At first this method seems confusing however as the play progresses we see the reason for this clever approach.  As the act continues we learn about the individual characters and their marriage woes.  This initially required intense concentration pays off as the story progresses.  

As the second half begins we are introduced to four more characters played by the same people.  Although again mildly confusing, this device becomes compelling and creates a feeling of pain shared between the characters.  This play is clever as it intertwines everyone’s story and brings about an interesting plot involving a detective, a woman councillor with self-esteem issues and a character who might have been a murderer.  As the plot develops, the audience begin to see how each character connects with one another and with that allows for a unique story about relationships to be told.

During the play there were many different environments including a bar and a hotel.  The clever use of props allowed the audience to feel as if they were in the set environment with the characters.  Working with little space, credit is due to the creative ability in order to make this a success.  With only four actors playing nine different characters the opening night of ‘Speaking In Tongues’ was certainly a hit at the Webster Theatre."

 

Tickets available online through Little Bat Productions for performances today (25th June) and tomorrow (26th June).

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The Acoustic Affair: music nights at Websters Theatre

Wednesday June 18, 2014

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Websters is home to four musicians this week as part of the WEF regular - The Acoustic Affair. Take a look at what's on and don't forget to use #WEF2014 when talking about events online. Enjoy!

 

Rab Noakes: from Nashville to Muirend, Stripped

Wedneday 18 June, 7.30pm, £16

An evening of great songs drawn from an eventful 40+ year long career in the music business working with some of the great legends including Gerry Rafferty. He will be joined by a fantastic backing band formed for the evening which includes well known musicians Emma and Jill. 

“It was an excellent show from one of this country's finest songsmiths” The Herald Jan 2014.

 

Calum Ingram

Thursday 19 June, 7.30pm, £12

A classically trained cellist and songwriter from Paisley, he studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and, although based in UK, he frequently tours North America.

In 2011, he opened for Jack Bruce at the Queens Hall (Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival) and recent live appearances include O2 ABC Glasgow, CCA, The Spree festival and he has also featured on Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 and a live session the Culture Show on BBC Scotland.

 

Jimmie MacGregor

Friday 20 June, 7.30pm, £16

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John Muir was an American hero, born in Scotland. He was to become known as the father of the American conservation and the founder of their wonderful national park system. As a long time admirer, Jimmie leapt at the opportunity of a recording trip to San Francisco, the Napa valley, Muir’s home at Martinez, Yosemite national park and the Sierra Nevada.

Come along to hear Jimmie’s stories and see some great images all presented in a relaxed and humorous style; truly one of our Westend treasures !

 

Dick Gaughan

Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm, £16

Brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, Dick Gaughan has been a professional musician and singer since January 1970, and made his first solo album in 1971, No More Forever. He was an early member of the Boys of the Lough and the now legendary Scottish folk-rock band, Five Hand Reel.

In December 2009, Dick was honoured by being inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony.

 

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