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Histories of Hatred

It’s a profoundly uncomfortable theme, and one that is rarely discussed in academic circles: what is our responsibility as intellectuals when it comes to writing histories of hatred?

How can we talk about hatred? Do we merely sanction and further discourses of violence by engaging with them? When is documentation participation? Should we be chroniclers, or should we get involved?

The London Consortium convened a panel of academics, artists and critics to tackle these questions. Drawing on their own experiences in diverse fields and disciplines – from medieval Christian visual culture to contemporary litigation – they offered a series of compelling reflections on ethics and practice. This short documentary reviews key moments from the discussion with organiser Noam Leshem, and features Anthony Julius, Deborah Lipstadt, Pratap Rughani, Senam Okudzeto, Anthony Bale and Joanna Bourke.

This documentary was directed by Jonathan Law and Lily Ford for London Consortium TV. They had used Arvo Pärt’s Fratres on the temp track and after discussing that choice with them I decided not to stray too far from that style of music.

Arabian Nights

It’s amazing what you can find when you really look hard! Here we have three tales from the queen of all storytellers – the incredible Sheherazade. The first tale she found was hidden in the sands of the desert; the second at the bottom of the ocean, and the third she heard straight from the donkey’s mouth! Genies, camels, flying carpets, and suspicious ne-er-do-wells – welcome to the world of the Arabian Nights!

Theatre of Widdershins takes you on an exciting journey through roasting deserts, sand dunes, scented markets and fish filled seas, using storytelling and wonderfully atmospheric music.

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 66 minutes 28 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in MP3* format for £4.50 click here.

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* Our MP3 files use high quality, variable bitrate (VBR) encoding and can be played back on any computer, iPod or MP3 player. There is no digital rights management (DRM) on the files – we trust you to support independent artists. The MP3 files are delivered in the form of a compressed ZIP folder that also contains an image of the CD cover and a text file of the sleeve notes. You will be sent an email immediately after we process your payment providing you with instructions on how to download this product.

Phil’s Room

Phil’s Room is the story of a fragile introvert locked in the memory of his childhood. He spends his days dreaming of escaping with Kristine – the captivating waitress who works at the cafe he frequents. Rooted in this fantasy world he never quite musters the courage to talk to her until one day he discovers she has gone back to her home country to get married. As the painful truth sweeps away his dreams, he finds that a cold reality and his own limitations are too great to overcome, and his convictions propel him to towards, what becomes, a tragic end.

The director (Jesus Mateos de la Varga) and producer (Mark Harris) had some good suggestions for potential directions this short film score could take, and I tried to take them on board whilst also giving the music my own spin and serving the story as well as I could. I was trying to play up the “child-like” aspects of Phil’s character by choosing simple sounding instruments to play simple sounding music reminiscent of a music box. I then tried to use these instruments in a more emotionally mature manner as Phil’s complex memories of his childhood surface.

The Tree Man

Set between Chapters 15 and 16 of Carlo’s Collodi’s classic novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Tree Man depicts Pinocchio’s seemingly final minutes as he hangs from a tree. As he slowly dies, the wooden marionette spiritually journeys into an inferno of fear, guilt and hope through his encounters with key symbolic characters such as the Maiden with Azure Hair and the ghost of the Talking Cricket. As he falls deeper into darkness he learns the crucial dangers and virtues of the mortality he seeks.

The music for this short film, written and directed by Navin Dev, was composed for orchestra and for the most part follows the rules for twelve-tone composition. I chose this compositional method because I felt it would evoke a mood of unease – of things not being quite “right”.

The film won the jury prize at the Puppets on Film Festival 2011. It was also selected for Festival International des Arts de la Marionette 2012, Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009, Angel Moving Image Festival 2009, Fantastic Planet Film Festival 2009, Filmstock International Film Festival 2009 and Anchorage International Film Festival 2009.

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s hard enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with a wicked witch using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair?

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this Grimm tale right back to its dark roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting story promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to listen today – because you’re worth it!!!

The music for this production is composed in a variety of styles including that of a Mariachi band, and makes notable use of harp, guitar, harmonium and prepared piano.

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 59 minutes 20 seconds.

To buy it in MP3* format for £4.50 click here.

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* Our MP3 files use high quality, variable bitrate (VBR) encoding and can be played back on any computer, iPod or MP3 player. There is no digital rights management (DRM) on the files – we trust you to support independent artists. The MP3 files are delivered in the form of a compressed ZIP folder that also contains an image of the CD cover and a text file of the sleeve notes. You will be sent an email immediately after we process your payment providing you with instructions on how to download this product.

Red Hood

Once upon a time, cloaked in her favoured red hood, Little Red-Cap set off to Grandmother. But soon she was drawn away from her designated path by what the surrounding woods had to offer – mysteries, beauty and the Wolf. Red, now a 40 year old woman, still bears the same fears, guilt and anger as she remembers the day her life changed. Creating a new red hood for her daughter, she struggles to make the ultimate choice as to whether or not to pass on her identity and in turn her fate.

The music for this psychological horror, written and directed by Navin Dev, was composed for orchestra, mixed choir and soprano. The soprano part was performed by Kasia Middleton.

Washougal International Film Festival 2008 award winner. Shortlisted for award at Sefton Short Film Festival 2008. Selected for Bootleg Film Festival Glasgow 2008, Branchage Jersey International Film Festival 2008, Gold Lion Film Festival 2008, Bacup Film Festival 2008, Amberg Horror Fest 2008, Filmstock International Film Festival 2008, Florence International Film Festival 2008, Omaha Film Festival 2009, Dam Short Film Festival 2009, International Film Festival Egypt 2009 and London Short Film Festival 2010. Available to view at Festival de Cannes: Short Film Corner 2008.

The King’s Got Donkey’s Ears!

A walk in the woods should be for fun, play or a visit to Grandma’s. Not so for Good King Orik. He went in smiling and came out with the great big furry ears of a donkey! Shocked, embarrassed and very upset, the King hides away in his tower, desperately hoping that no-one will find out the secret hidden beneath his hat. But Scruffibus, the King’s wise and faithful dog, cannot bear to see his master upset and realises that something must be done!

Theatre of Widdershins brings you this epic tale of heroes, heroines and hairdressers, lovingly retold with the company’s unique blend of storytelling and original music.

The music is composed for a medium-sized ensemble of musicians, and features a Glass Harmonica.

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 45 minutes 50 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in MP3* format for £4.50 click here.

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* Our MP3 files use high quality, variable bitrate (VBR) encoding and can be played back on any computer, iPod or MP3 player. There is no digital rights management (DRM) on the files – we trust you to support independent artists. The MP3 files are delivered in the form of a compressed ZIP folder that also contains an image of the CD cover and a text file of the sleeve notes. You will be sent an email immediately after we process your payment providing you with instructions on how to download this product.

Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails

Our storyteller’s on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the Big Bad Wolf and those Three Little Pigs? Why was Goldilocks walking in the woods? And as for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?

The music for this production by Theatre of Widdershins features several folk styles, including Roma Gypsy, Argentinian Tango and Celtic, as well as some haphazard instrumental ensembles including Alpen Horns, Balalaikas and burps!

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 66 minutes 25 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in MP3* format for £4.50 click here.

To view your shopping cart click here.

* Our MP3 files use high quality, variable bitrate (VBR) encoding and can be played back on any computer, iPod or MP3 player. There is no digital rights management (DRM) on the files – we trust you to support independent artists. The MP3 files are delivered in the form of a compressed ZIP folder that also contains an image of the CD cover and a text file of the sleeve notes. You will be sent an email immediately after we process your payment providing you with instructions on how to download this product.