Last weekend we were back at Snape Maltings, but this time, not as part of our residency, but working with the incredible Aldeburgh Young Musicians.

 
And really, the whole experience blew my mind.
 
In the space of 2 days, this group of 32 exceptionally talented artists between the ages of 10 – 17, created an epic, astonishing piece of new music, theatre and movement. 
 
It took place in multiple places around the site;
some sections were meant to be viewed from above or in the round
some sections were in raucous procession, some a traditional stage setup, some as a giant snaking line of micro-solos and duets (a sort of musical Chinese whispers) which the audience curiously followed as it transmuted and twisted; a shimmering, evolving musical current along a human wire.
 
The students chose to name this startling new 40 minute piece ‘Maybe Machine’ in playful homage to the band.
 
We merely set the wheels in motion, by showing what we, as Perhaps Contraption, love to do together.
The whole group embraced this collaborative approach to creating ‘extra/theatrical’ musical experiences, and threw themselves into it, with supreme skill, dexterity, tenacity and passionate curiosity. 
 
The whole of the band (plus parents and staff alike) were amazed at what they created!
 
Massive kudos to Snape Maltings, for running this unique programme, and providing the resources and space for young musicians and artists to explore and flourish. 
 
It was an honour to take part in this process and nurture / see / hear the wonders that swiftly emerged. What an enriching and enlightening experience for all.

Dear friends, dear listeners! Finally it’s here!

Perhaps Contraption proudly present, our first theatrical experience – Nearly Human
(we are, each of us, a little universe)

An abstract piece of gig theatre inspired by the words of cosmologist Carl Sagan, which contemplates life’s baffling origins and the tiny stories within. 
The journey of an atom…through various states of being.

Full of intricate rhythms, enormous choral harmonies, dynamic choreography and ruminations about stars and happenstance.

Bursting with triumphant horns, fascination and wonder.

A concept album to accompany the show with follow later this year…but before that…

We are going to need your help. This production is a mighty, risky undertaking. 
Please please help us spread the word by sharing this video / coming to our performances.

Tickets are on sale now!
For both our London preview and the run at Edinburgh Fringe.

London preview: Greenwich Theatre, Sunday 21st July
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2Iu6Gnx
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2523703164348549/

Edinburgh Fringe Premiere: Pleasance Queen Dome
31st July – 26th August
Tickets: https://bit.ly/2IVeoWX
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/316313712611537/

Also, sign up to our mailing list for free downloads and advance information: http://eepurl.com/b5PrfL

We hope to see you there,

Love and starstuff,

Perhaps Contraption x

It’s with great sadness that I announce the departure of our longstanding and phenomenal French Horn player and vocalist Emily McMillan.

Joining the troupe in 2011, Emily has performed with us hundreds of times since then – through the mud and the glitter, the glamour and the long tour bus rides – on mountains, trains and beaches – Emily has nailed it all!

As I’m sure many of you will know, she is an incredible performer (not many people play French Horn like this!), as well as a gifted singer.
ALWAYS with a smile on her face and joy in her heart, we are all so sad to see Emily go.

However, she’s moving on to new pastures; starting a personalised musician finding service for weddings called TIE THE NOTE.
It’s already gaining great traction (featured in Vogue no less!), so if you know anyone that needs musical entertainment, then Emily and her team can help!

Emily, we love you so much, and will truly miss you.

We wish you every success for this next phase in your career!

Much love,

Squier and the troupe xxx

At the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings. Photo by Paul McHale

It’s nearly here. Our debut theatrical performance is coming, and it’s called
Nearly Human.
After a year and a half of songwriting and incubation, our production enters the final stretch…

I’m delighted to announce that the show will premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, and the Pleasance Queen Dome will be our theatrical home for a month.
The show premieres on August 3rd (previews July 31st, August 1st and 2nd) and will run until the 26th August (with the exception of August 13th).

Tickets are on sale! And you can grab them here

Between £10 – £12

I hope you can make it up to see us in action, we’re so proud of what we have made, and truly believe it’s our strongest work yet.

After the run in Edinburgh we hope to investigate other touring options, and a concept album to accompany the show will be arriving in the Winter.

Eternal gratitude to Snape Maltings, The Pleasance and Les Enfants Terribles LET Award for believing in us!

:::::::::NEARLY HUMAN:::::::::::::::

How unlikely is your fleeting existence?
This nine piece, multi award-winning progressive brass band embark on a curious audio-theatrical journey.

Replete with intricate rhythms, enormous choral harmonies, dynamic choreography and ruminations about stars and happenstance.

This is gig theatre which contemplates our baffling origins, and the tiny stories entwined within. Bursting with triumphant horns, fascination and wonder.

‘Completely extraordinary’ (BBC 6 Music)

‘High-energy progressive brass’ (The Guardian)

In praise of Perhaps Contraption’s previous album ‘Mud Belief’:

‘A glorious symphony of strangeness that embraces and reconfigures such diverse influences as contemporary classical, jazz, post-minimalism and the avant-garde’
(R2 Magazine)

It’s with great joy I announce that we have been selected for the LET Award 2019; an acclaimed award for new theatre run by the brilliant theatre company Les Enfants Terribles.

We recently performed a 10 minute excerpt of our new theatrical performance, alongside 9 other theatre companies for a showcase at the Pleasance in Islington.

This accolade means we will premiering the performance at The Edinburgh Fringe 2019, at the Pleasance’s Queen Dome, on Saturday 3rd August, and remaining there and performing for the entire run of the festival!

As well as this, we will receive financial support and assistance with directing and producing the piece from Les Enfants Terribles. We’re over the moon about all this and couldn’t have asked for a better way to bring our most ambitious work ever into the world!

We want to thank them for their belief in the project, as well as the other prize winners – Dead Rabbits Theatre who scooped the Greenwich Theatre Award – and all the other competitors who were inspiring and highly talented in their own right.

Bottom 2 shots by Gail Harland