A narrative recital of words and music from the First World War
with Christopher Kent (actor)
and Gamal Khamis (piano)
Incredibly moving” Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3“
Never Such Innocence returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following its acclaimed sell-out performance earlier in the year.
One hundred years after the devastating events of the First World War, and with Europe again facing a time of uncertainty, Christopher Kent and Gamal Khamis look back at the writing and music that emerged from the period, juxtaposing the words of writers such as Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain with piano music by composers including Elgar, Ravel, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Ivor Gurney.
In a moving and thought-provoking sequence, they also trace the individual story of nineteen-year-old conscript Private Percy O’Key through his real-life letters and diaries. It is a compelling journey from innocence to loss, told with unflinching clarity and compassion.
Audience comments from previous performances:
“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production”
“Beautifully nuanced show – tender, moving, angry”
“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to …I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.“
Christopher Kent has appeared on stage, screen and radio in a wide range of roles from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. London theatre appearances have included Cyrano de Bergerac with Robert Lindsay at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Government Inspector with Timothy Spall at Greenwich Theatre. Chris is also one of the UK’s best known voiceover actors, regularly heard on commercials, documentaries, film trailers and literary recordings. His recent concert work includes collaborations with London’s Orlando Choir, the Bridge String Quartet and the Voice of God in Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.
“Gamal Khamis gained a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London before completing his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of ten and has since appeared at most of the major UK concert halls, and across Europe and North America, as well as BBC radio and television. Gamal is a prizewinner at several competitions including the ROSL Annual Music Competition, Norah Sande Award, Christopher Duke Piano Competition and the Ferrier Awards. He has been a Concordia Foundation Artist since 2010, a Park Lane Group Artist since 2013, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet.”
Duration: 90 mins, played without an interval.
Supported by The Carne Trust
£20.00 £15.00 concessions