Mankind

A musical Stage work by Michael Finnissy

Date

27/02/2020

Time

7:30 pm

Venue

RC Church of the Sacred Heart, Norwich Rd, North Walsham NR28 9JP

A new musical Stage work by Michael Finnissy

  • Alexander Bower-Brown (baritone)
  • A Company of actors directed
    by Neil Paris
  • CANTAMUS Choir
  • IXION instrumental ensemble

Preceded by a short concert of works by Leo Grant, Geoff Hannan, Morgan Hayes & Andrew Toovey

The text of ‘Mankind’ was written and first played in East Anglia around 1465 It is a lively social satire, in which the farmer Mankind must choose between good and evil  At first he tries to improve himself, but finds it easier to join a band of ruffians  He is seduced by a glamorous lady Devil, is almost driven to suicide, finds it hard to apologise, but finally redeems himself.

The music draws on neo-classicism and folk-music, following a style of musical theatre developed by Brecht and Kurt Weill in the 1920s, and later taken on by Britten in such works as ‘Noye’s Fludde’

Tickets £12 on the door.