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.