Friday, July 18, 2014

Sergio A. Mims: 'Mandela Tales' is a music theatre production by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson, Sunday 27 July 2014, 4PM at Rich Mix, London, UK

Shirley J. Thompson

Sergio A. Mims:

I got this e-mail from British composer Shirley Thompson about an event happening  on July 27th


On Friday, July 11, 2014 6:51 AM, Shirley Thompson wrote:

Dear Friends,

Hope all is well and that you will make it to see a production of Mandela Tales after sell-out performances at the South Bank Centre and the V & A Pavillion in Cape Town. Look forward to seeing you.

Warmest regards,



Sun 27 July 4pm
£10, £8 conc, £5 u18’s / Main Space 

Mandela Tales: Music, Theatre, Folk tales
Mandela Tales is an enchanting music theatre production devised and directed by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson. It features exquisite stories from across the African continent, drawn from the Honourable Nelson Mandela’s favourite African folk-tales. It was his wish that children around the world experience the magic of reading and listening to African folktales.
The premiere performance of Mandela Tales sold out at the South Bank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Literature Festival in 2012, with a high demand for further performances. The production toured to Cape Town, South Africa in 2013 with the famous Gordonstoun School, after an invitation from the GREAT British Week of Arts and Culture in South Africa. Again, the production delighted audiences at the Baxter Theatre and the V&A Pavilion in Cape Town.
Shirley J. Thompson’s evocative musical score is filled with soulful classical orchestrations and delectable Township music overtones. Together with a series of mystical stories, song and dance, the audience may revel and sway in their seats (and even on their feet) as children and families enjoy the production.
“When I read the stories I was deeply moved and hoped in creating this production that I could put across their profundity. I love folk tales and storytelling and feel that these traditional myths offer delightful lessons for children (and for the young at heart!). We were brought up on the Grimm Fairy Tales and yet these African tales, that are so powerful and intriguing to young people, are little known in the UK. I was determined to find the right cast to convey their magic and humour in this original production. By the young people’s enjoyment and outwardly positive reception, I am richly rewarded by my efforts.” - Shirley J. Thompson.
Dane Jeremy Hurst, winner of the National Dance Awards in 2014 joins Shirley J. Thompson’s Virtuoso Friends including Sally Silver (Soprano), Mark Kavuma (Trumpet), Shirley J. Thompson (Violin) Shaq the MC (Speaker), Lyrical L (Speaker), Mangaliso Asi (Speaker).

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