Bitter Fruit


Masque in three acts
Music Theatre
fl(=picc+afl) - hn.tpt.2 trbn(=whistle).tuba(=whistle) - perc(2): 2 SD/mil.dr/log.dr/2 BD/5 tuned gongs/2 Peking opera gongs/2 tam-t/thunder sheet/2 susp.cym/siz.cym/hi-hat/cyms/tamb/claves/3 wdbl/sleigh bells/mark tree/bell tree/10 or so tin cans/dustbin/football rattle/2 whistle/waterphone/cuica/anvil/spring coils/half shafts/scaffold tubes/scaffold feet/tgl/2 whip/ratchet/flexatone/sandpaper blocks -
Commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with financial assistance from West Midlands Arts, the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England, and the following Sound Investors through BCMG's Sound Investment Scheme: Shirley Adams, Catherine and Derrick Archer, Kiaran Asthana, John and Wendy Buckby, Christopher Carrier, John Christophers, Simon and Sue Clugston, Anne and David Fisk, Darren Giddings, Barbara and Michael Gwinnell, Richard Hartee, Jim Hawkins, John B Hess, RA James, Jeremy Lindon, Muriel Penfold, John Smaje, Michael Squires, Adam Watson, Philippa Wright, In memory of Kathleen and Louis Smith from their daughters Carolyn Sugden and Penelope Maynard
First Performance
29.05.00, CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Trestle Theatre Company/Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Thomas Adès

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Programme Notes

John Woolrich Bitter Fruit Bitter Fruit takes as its starting point the myth of Vulcan, also known as Hephaestus, God of fire and the forge, and weaves it into a story that deals with the struggle against tyranny, in its many forms. At its heart the piece deals with the domination of the many by the few, and the struggle to break the bonds of servitude, be they filial, sexual or slavish. Rich in metaphor, robust in its physical style, Bitter Fruit, melds together the strong and rhythmic music of John Woolrich with Trestle’s flari for visual staging, using mask and puppets for the on-stage story and an emotionally-charged style of physical acting for off-stage antics. When mixed with music that vibrates with the sounds of the new millennium, Bitter Fruit will create a spectacle that draws together influences and threads that stretch back through no less than three millennia!

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'Bitter Fruit' reviews

‘… a highly original, utterly absorbing entertainment: funny, chilling, never predictable.’ The Times (Barry Millington), 1 July 2000 Read more

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