A narrative recital by Christopher Kent (actor) and Gamal Khamis (piano)
Following sell-out performances of Never Such Innocence, their acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War at Jermyn Street last year, actor Christopher Kent and classical pianist Gamal Khamis return with their brand new show.
ODYSSEY tells the story of the aftermath of war and features specially commissioned works by six award-winning contemporary poets and composers. The legend of Odysseus’s epic journey home from Troy to Ithaca is interwoven with modern day narratives of journey, diaspora and migration, with the new commissions set alongside Homer’s original words in Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new translation, as well as works by Shakespeare, JS Bach, Debussy and Clara Schumann to create another absorbing, moving and richly rewarding evening.
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. He is also one of the UK’s best-known voiceover actors and his voice is regularly heard on commercials, documentaries, film trailers and literary recordings. Recent concert work includes collaborations with the Orlando Choir, West London Sinfonia and the Bridge String Quartet.
Gamal Khamis gained a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London and completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. He first performed at the Wigmore Hall at the age of 10 and has since appeared at most of the major U.K. concert halls, across Europe, North America and Australasia, and on BBC television and radio. Gamal has won major awards for both solo and collaborative piano playing, including at the Royal Over-Seas League and the Ferrier Awards. He is an Artist with the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Samling, and is a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet.
Support is gratefully acknowledged from The Carne Trust, the UK Friends of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation and Peter and Veronica Lofthouse
Poets: Vahni Capildeo, Yousif M Qasmiyeh, JL Williams
Composers: Amy Bryce, Daniel Kidane, George Stevenson
Dramaturg: Terry O’Connor
Consultant: Tony Palmer
Praise for Odyssey:
“Such an inspiring and relevant show.”
“An incredibly moving performance.”
“What an amazing experience. So powerful, so hard hitting and so relevant.”
“What an inspiring and moving evening. So right for these times. Definitely food for the mind and the soul”
Duration: 105 mins (no interval)
£22.00 £18.00 conessions