This year we’ve turned up the volume on our talent development programme with the launch of our distinctive and pioneering project, the T1 Commission. Following a nationwide call out, over 100 applications and a 2 month selection process, we’re thrilled to share with you that London’s award-winning musical comedy-cabaret company Bourgeois & Maurice (George Heyworth and Liv Morris) will be our first T1 Commission.
With generous support from The Foyle Foundation, the T1 Commission provides an unrivaled opportunity for mid-career theatre makers to work with us to create for the first time a new piece of work for our T1 stage to be presented in Spring 2019. We were looking for an individual or a company who were ready to make a step change in their practice and who were looking for support to make this change. We wanted to hear from theatre makers who have not had the opportunity, the resources or the support to make work for a main stage. This unique commission includes a bespoke, 2-year residency with training, shadowing opportunities, practical R&D and mentoring from our creative team alongside a team of international industry professionals.
Walter Meierjohann, our Artistic Director of Theatre, said: “We want HOME to be a creative hub where local and world-class talent of all backgrounds and disciplines are discovered, nurtured and showcased. The T1 Commission is a one of a kind project which provides an exciting opportunity to create work for our stage. We are thrilled that Bourgeois & Maurice will be working with us and look forward to seeing what they create in 2019”.
Bourgeois & Maurice are a musical duo with style as sharp as their wit. They began their career working in the bars and clubs of London, and cutting their teeth at the Edinburgh Fringe, before moving into performing regularly at Soho Theatre and touring the UK and abroad. Part cabaret, part theatre, part catwalk freak show, their music explores the mundane absurdity of modern life and wraps it up neatly in a catchy pop hook. Armed with acid wit, a piano and several inches of make-up, the pair are innovative, provocative and irresistible.
“We are beyond excited to have been awarded the T1 Commission and become part of the HOME home. It’s a completely unique opportunity for us to take our ten years of experience making satirical musical and theatre work for small to medium size stages, and apply it to a main stage show, with the support and advice of a brilliantly experienced team. We plan to explore stories and themes that are pertinent within contemporary UK society, through music, humour, satire and a chorus of 45 dancers, huge pyrotechnics, a children’s choir, possibly a flying helicopter and stadium level lasers. Those last few are still TBC at the moment, but either way we really can’t wait to make something big, bold and bonkers. Thanks HOME for giving us this career-changing opportunity “ – George Heyworth & Liv Morris.
Bourgeois & Maurice have been widely critically-acclaimed, deemed as a dynamic and debauched ‘must-see’. They first performed at HOME in December with well-received Christmas cabaret Yule Be Sorry, and will return to HOME as part of our Orbit Festival in the autumn.
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