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Theatre relaunches musical showcase

PUBLISHED: 11:56 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 17:16 16 August 2010

A THEATRE is set to relaunch its successful musicals festival in association with a prestigious black theatre company. This Saturday and Sunday,

A THEATRE is set to relaunch its successful musicals festival in association with a prestigious black theatre company.

This Saturday and Sunday, Greenwich Theatre will open Musical Futures, an annual festival of new theatre in partnership with Nitro theatre company. This year, the theatre will celebrate alternative forms of the genre rather than the traditional book musical exploring circus skills, a cappella song and contemporary dance.

Felix Cross, Artistic Director of Nitro, a company that collaborates with emerging artists and performers to explore contemporary black British experience through dance, opera and oratorios, said: "The success of our previous productions at Greenwich Theatre, Passports To The Promised Land, An African Cargo and The Wedding Dance, have laid good, solid and enterprising foundations on which to build this new partnership for Musical Futures."

Artists and companies featured in the showcase programme include Upswing Aerial, the Irven Lewis Dance Company, Two's Company, Bridewell Theatre Company, NEGUS Sixth Form Centre, Barb Jungr and Tamasha, and the festival will take place at Greenwich Theatre and Greenwich Dance Agency.

On Saturday, free afternoon shows include Fallen, about a woman struggling to cope with gaps between fantasy and reality, a solo performance No Time, using Bridget Gray's My Letter To Hip Hop and The Searcher about Red Cross nurses tracking down missing soldiers. The performance at 7.30pm is Barb Jungr's special repertoire combining chanson material with work from the Great American Songbook tradition and is from £15 to £17.50. On Sunday, free afternoon events include Drive Ride Walk, a cappella jazz score, body percussion and physical performance based on travelling in the urban jungle and Wuthering Heights based on the Emily Bronte novel drawing on a history of Indian cinema.

The festival ends with the Musical Futures Symposium, a panel and audience discussion looking beyond the traditional form of musical theatre.

James Haddrell, Director of Greenwich Theatre, said:

"Musical Futures offers the perfect vehicle to challenge that preconception. We have also taken the decision to present all new music events in the festival free of charge, to make the event as accessible as possible." Previous Musical Futures productions have gone on to full production including Sadly Solo Joe by Paul Ryan and Peter Readman and A Model Girl by Richard Alexander and Marek Rymaszewski. For more information call the box office on 020 8858 7755 or go to www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk.

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