Glorious - a musical in three acts
"Banality, the basic matter of our everyday lives – the breakfast parties, the arguments with our children, the shops on our streets, the political anxieties, the houses we've lived in for years, the cemeteries in which we'll end – is transformed and transcended ... Those lives we were glimpsing? They were our lives. Those parties and arguments and anxieties and houses are ours ... that is what Shah shows us, and that is the gift she offers us. Don't be frightened of life, she reminds us. It's all we have."
Maddy Costa, review
From 2009 to 2012, Rajni Shah and collaborators created and toured Glorious - a haunting and unusual new musical. Each time Glorious was performed, we worked with a new set of musicians and local residents - dismantling, reinventing and re-assembling the raw material of the show over a few weeks. The show was centered around people, what it means to live in a place, and what it means to gather together in a theatre.
Live at LICA, Lancaster (December 2012) - click for blog response by Gerry Harris
PULSE Festival, Ipswich (June 2012, Write a Letter to a Stranger intervention only)
Wunderbar Festival in Northumbria University Theatre (Stage 2), Newcastle (November 2011)
SPILL Festival world premiere at the Barbican, London (April 2011) - watch an extract on SPILL TV
Dance4's NottDance Festival, Nottingham (February 2011)
InBetween Time festival in Bristol (December 2010, a capella songs from Glorious)
Chisenhale Dance Space in London (December 2010, Act One of Glorious)
Glorious People online community Archive (coming soon)
Glorious description, sound and images (from Glorious presenters pack)
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Dear Stranger, I Love You - publication with responses to Glorious by Becky Edmunds, Elizabeth Lynch, Lucy Cash and Mary Paterson
Glorious CD - with songs from Act One