This Friday (November 3) Trinity Theatre hosts composer Chris Green, who has created a spine-tingling sonic soundtrack to the classic silent movie masterpiece Nosferatu. The next day the arts venue welcomes comedian Simon Evans (November 4) when he brings his one-man stand-up show, Have We Met? to the stage. The Times finds out more about each event…
If you’re not done with spooks and ghouls quite yet, then how about heading over to Trinity Theatre this coming Friday, November 3, to hear a brand-new live score to the silent movie Nosferatu? It is widely believed that the film – made in 1922 – gave birth to the horror genre.
Notable as the first cinematic interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu’s combination of expressionistic acting and unforgettable images render it just as powerful and unsettling today as when it first thrilled cinemagoers 100 years ago.
Chris Green’s new score was commissioned by English Heritage for a live outdoor screening of the film at Dracula’s spiritual home of Whitby Abbey – and it promises to be just as spine-tingling in another holy setting: that of Trinity Theatre.
The music is a haunting blend of electronic and acoustic instruments, all of which will be performed live by the composer. And, combined with FW Murnau’s iconic images, this event is sure to make for a genuinely remarkable and unique cinematic experience.
Chris Green was born into a musical family in Coventry, and he began playing guitar at the age of eight, and piano from the age of nine. He now plays most instruments boasting fretted strings or keys.
Largely self-taught, Chris has worked in a variety of musical genres including folk, theatre and early music. He’s a regular musician at Shakespeare’s Globe and was also one of the musicians on BBC’s Poldark, appearing in series 1 and 2. He also writes and composes, having adapted The Wind in the Willows (2017) for GreenMatthews as well as A Christmas Carol: In Concert (2018), which London Theatre Reviews described as ‘A delightful show…a lively retelling’.
In 2018, he released his first solo album Switched-On Playford, which fuses 17th-century dance music with electronica, using a blend of early instruments, synths and loops.
It was described by Roots magazine as: “Bloody brilliant…an exquisitely rendered and endlessly satisfying piece of work.”
Two days later, on Saturday November 4, comedian Simon Evans arrives at Trinity Theatre with his Have We Met? show.
After finally solving the mystery of his existence and true identity in Work of the Devil, Simon finds that he has still not overcome the more daily challenges of remembering what he came upstairs for, who these grown-ups are that live with him (and what they have done with his children) and how can that footage be from 2009, when he only bought those shoes a few months ago?
“In Greek mythology, the Muses were the daughters of Mnemosyne, goddess of memory – though ironically, there is no easy way to remember her name,” explains Simon. “But Memory was thus clearly regarded by the ancient Greeks as the mother of the arts, wellspring of inspiration, the compost in which imagination takes roots.
“Our last defence against tyranny, the consolation of the just and the seat of the soul. Without memory, the illusion of self crumbles. Mine, however, is shot. So where does that leave me?” To find out make sure you book your tickets for Saturday…
For further information and tickets for these events, visit: trinitytheatre.net