Dmitri & Uncle Joe’s première at Bristol Old Vic
2012 January 19
Dmitri & Uncle Joe, Bozarts’ new play-with-music premièred to a sold-out full house at Bristol Old Vic Theatre’s Studio on Saturday 14th January 2012.
The Old Vic Foyer resonated to pre-show Georgian music performed by the Bristol Georgian Choir, and Russian music by pianist Jon James.
Music permeated the show – commencing with a rehearsal between Shostakovich and his pianist as the audience entered the auditorium.
The piece explored an imagined meeting between the tyrannical Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich – Stalin accidentally stumbles into Shostakovich’s secret rehearsal of politically incorrect Jewish-inspired music.
Stalking, threat, shadow and power play are central elements of the play, with both characters attempting to outwit and turn the tables on each other.
There was also a big turnout for the after-show Feedback session, facilitated by writer and Bozarts Founder David Adams. The lively audience had many explorative questions for David and the cast about the creation, devising and presentation of the piece. So much so that BOV had to call time on the session whilst the questions and discussion were still flowing.
Judging by the applause for the show and the feedback audience’s response, Dmitri & Uncle Joe was an enjoyable presentation of thought-provoking work-in-progress.
The production was videoed by Martin Rieser of De Montfort University Institute of Creative Technologies – with the intention of creating an interactive online or mobile version of the show.
Bozarts is grateful to Old Vic Ferment for the opportunity to show Dmitri & Uncle Joe, and is currently in discussion with a number of parties regarding further development of the piece.
News to follow………