The Orchestra

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Jean Anouilh's comic masterpiece, translated by Jeremy Sams, exposes the hypocrisies and suspicions of the members of a small-town brasserie orchestra in fifties provincial FRANCE.

Underneath placid exteriors, tensions bubble and seethe - but the band plays on.

With Joanna Wake, Janine Ulfane and Bernice Stegers.

Director Kristine Landon-Smith.

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An improvised play based on documentary interviews with real orchestral players, conductors and managers.

Devised, directed and produced by Rosie Boulton.

David Adams is half way through a five year contract as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra when things start to go wrong.

A row with the brass section leads to a dressing down by the Board.

Suddenly David is experiencing a deep crisis of confidence.

How did this happen and will he be able to recover his self belief sufficiently to return to the podium and win the orchestra back?

This improvised drama sheds light on the controlled and controlling world of Orchestral life whilst exploring universal themes of leadership, self belief and job satisfaction.

The intention of this drama is to be as accurate and true to the orchestral experience as possible and it was conceived using frank and revealing interviews with those currently working in the orchestral field.

Bringing Colin Metters, Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music into the cast is another means of achieving real insight into this very particular world.

Cast

Principal Conductor: David Adams - Philip Franks

Conductor's Wife: Kate Adams - Christine Kavanagh

Leader of the Orchestra: Patrick Hardy - Julian Rhind -Tutt

Principal Horn: Marie Cherrington - Hayley Doherty

2nd Trumpet: Sean Jackson - George Irving

Conductor's advisor: Harry Bennett - Colin Metters

Guest conductor: Marc Altschuler- Rumon Gamba

Conductor's son: Leon Adams - Joshua Oates

Actuality of rehearsal provided by BBC Philharmonic, conductor Rumon Gamba.

Improvised play based on real life interviews about the working life of an orchestra.