Freedom, Bread & Peace is a musical journey through the historic timeline of Russian communism – from Lenin to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Local composer Karen Wilmhurst, has written a brand new score for a 6 piece professional band, a community choir, a solo singer, a brass quintet, and percussion duo; which will be accompanied by 5 narrators, projections, and film footage from some of the periods of history we cover. It will be performed at the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival from 12th – 13th October 2015.

Katharine Piercey, Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Acting tells us: “My role as director involves looking particularly at the narrative of the piece, working closely with the narrators and singers to explore inventive ways of supporting the score and important historic timeline. As we move closer towards the performance I will also be looking at how we will bring the different groups of performers together in the space. Overall we have nearly 40 performers with several groups rehearsing in different places at different times, so the piece has involved quite a deal of planning. It will only be at our first technical rehearsal that we get all our performers in the same room at the same time!

The project has become very much an AUB collaboration. It has been managed and led by AUB graduate Lucy Turner, and we have two AUB graduates as part of the creative team. The set and costumes have been designed by Maria-Helena Farah and the video projections have been designed by Kavi (Ilze Briede). Our performers and costume makers are AUB students, the solo singer and narrators are 3rd year actors on the BA (Hons) Acting course, the costumes are being made by students on the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design students and a 2nd year BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance student is designing the narrators’ and solo singer’s make-up.

I am really excited that AUB are involved in the premier of this dynamic multi-media piece, and that we continue to have a strong presence in the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival. It also gives us another opportunity to showcase to a wider audience the collaborative work that happens at the AUB. It is great that we are able to perform at the Shelley Theatre – it will provide an appropriate atmospheric background for this compelling and innovative piece of work.”

Find out more and buy tickets at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.