An original singspiel for Insiders/Outsiders Festival Hampstead 2019
In collaboration with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
On the outside of the building a vinyl picture of the old Cosmo cafe.
The audience enter in and sit wherever they wish amongst the actors who appear like customers already in the cafe.
Formica style tables set out as in the old Cosmo cafe. At the far back a platform with an old bashed up piano, pianist, and an accordionist and guitarist. A centre gangway allows the Head Waiter to run up and down with trays of coffee cups spilling coffee.
Paintings on the wall depicting Expressionst monkeys. Behind the band a mural of Spanish dancers. To the right facing the back a counter under glass with a collection of Apple strudels/cakes etc... all artificial. A general atmosphere of a familial community club. An escape from the sounds of Finchleystrasse and all the troubles of daily life.
The Ghost of Sigmund Freud
Alfred Wolfsohn The Prophet of Song
Lewandowski an elderly Polish Artist
4 Ladies in Hats playing Bridge
The Head Waiter (Spaniard)
3 Spanish musicians (piano /Guitar/ Violin)
Pammie (Art Student)/ Graziella (Spanish Dancer)
The Chorus of Customers
Grace Lovelass (mezzo)
Sophie Goldrick (mezzo)
Lyric contributions from
Associate Visual Artist
Filming by Clifford Communications
St Peter’s Church Hall,
Belsize Road, London NW3
November 16 - 3pm & 7.30pm
November 17 - 3pm & 7pm
this performance will be filmed
for archive and research purposes
contact Kyle Nudo
Research contributions: With thanks to: Marion Mannheimer, The Weiner Library, Monica Bohm Duchen Curator Insiders/Outsiders Festival,
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