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Party Animals

With new text by award winning poet and playwright Jacqueline Saphra, Party Animals featured the best loved Mozart opera arias arranged for synths and set against the backdrop of a lavish party-gone-wrong.

Performed in the opulent Rothschild rooms of the Gunnersbury Park Museum in West london as part of the museum’s inaugural Late event, Party Animals included arias from Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and others.

Party Animals was performed by Ella Taylor (soprano), Samuel Lom (bass-baritone), Lysandre Mênard (synths), and Benjamin Tassie (synths). It was directed by Garreth Mattey.

Photo by Jayne Lloyd

Photo by Jayne Lloyd

 
 

 

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Inspirations for Party Animals included Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Wendy Carlos’ Switched on Bach, with Mozart’s most loved arias reimagined on synths to create a wildly raucous performance.

With every element performed live, a synth ‘orchestra’ accompanied expertly sung arias and duets.

 
 

 

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Truly phenomenal!
— Sharon Walters (Instagram)

Ket and Zing should have gone to bed but instead they stay up, red-eyed and desperate to party on. After all, they have inheritances to spend, a dysfunctional relationship to save and, who knows, polyamorous lovers to discover!

Party Animals follows two lovers at the end of a lavish party with Jacqueline Saphra’s raucous text expertly weaving Mozart arias into a tale of trust funds, sex and excess. Directed by Gareth Mattey, the audience are swept along with the story - they help to bake a pie, entertain an abandoned lover, and avoid the scorn of the Queen of the Night.

Guidance: Party Animals contains some strong language and drug references.

Photo by Jayne Lloyd

Photo by Jayne Lloyd

 
 

The Party Animals Team

Photo by Dimitri Djuric

Photo by Dimitri Djuric

ELLA TAYLOR

Ella Taylor is a soprano with a passion for performing contemporary music and works by women and gender non-conforming artists. They are a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where they gained Distinction in MA Performance, a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital, and the Charles Norman Prize.

ellataylorsoprano.co.uk

Photo by musiconthursdays.org

Photo by musiconthursdays.org

Samuel Lom

Samuel Lom has sung Mozart roles at Hampstead Garden Opera, Midland Opera, International Bel Canto academy and elsewhere. He has won awards including the Leamington Competitive Festival. Sam studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Photo by Bicmusique

Photo by Bicmusique

Lysandre Ménard

Lysandre Ménard is currently doing her Master of Music degree in Piano Accompaniment with Ian Brown at the Royal Academy of Music. She has recently graduated from Montreal Conservatory of Music where she studied with the pianists André Laplante and Richard Raymond.

Photo by Max Miechowski

Photo by Max Miechowski

BENJAMIN TASSIE

Benjamin Tassie is a composer and producer. His music has been performed on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, at Tate Modern, The Place, Kensington Palace, Wilderness Festival and elsewhere. He has written for choir in a disused factory and arrange pop songs for baroque orchestra.

benjamintassie.com

Photo by Stanza Poetry

Photo by Stanza Poetry

Jacqueline Saphra

Jacquline Saphra is a poet and playwright. Her collection, All My Mad Mothers, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize. Elsewhere she has been commissioned by theatres including The Soho Poly, The Library Theatre Manchester, The Watford Palace Theatre and Theatre Centre.

jacquelinesaphra.wordpress.com

Photo by Twitter

Photo by Twitter

Gareth Mattey

Gareth Mattey is a writer, director and filmmaker. They work primarily with contemporary opera and music-theatre in all its forms – from immersive performances to new works and virtual reality experiences. Recent work includes A Father Is Looking For His Daughter (writer), Pelléas et Mélisande (director) and Opera Scenes with Royal Academy Opera (director).