Mr Different: A play with live music but no cast
Pieter Egriega is an experienced composer and musician with a long career on the periphery of the Manchester music scene. In 2019 he plans to go to Edinburgh, Manchester and Buxton Fringes with two shows. Recent works have received several nominations for music and new writing at Buxton Fringe and in 2016, he won the award for best ensemble. In 2013 he suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke leaving him with no movement in his right arm and leg. In 2014 Pieter won the National Award for Creative Arts Stroke Association in recognition of his music, art and book documenting his recovery. In 2016, The World Stroke Organisation used his instrumental music ‘Clouds’ to showpiece artwork and Pieter became BBC Artist of the week. In 70s and early 80s Pieter performing as Arthur Kadmon was considered one of the pioneers of New Wave Music forming the band Ludus and playing in The Fall, Manicured Noise and The Distractions.
Craig Sanders is an established theatre director who graduated from Rose Bruford College. He was responsible for directing the Manchester production of Kafka's The Trial which played at Hope Mill Theatre and Home Manchester. The production later won a Manchester Theatre Award for "Best Fringe Production". In 2016, Craig directed Crimes Against Christmas at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre with New Old Friends who later won a Creative Bath Award. In 2017 Craig co-directed and choreographed The Dreaming at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Prior to this, Craig was resident at Buxton Opera House between 2013 and 2016 where he established a resident Young Company who performed Cush Jumbo's The Accordion Shop and Carl Grose's Gargantua as part of National Theatre Connections.
Charles Ormrod is a piano teacher and jobbing musician. After playing with a few different jazz bands whilst at school, Charles formed his own Jazz Quartet,T.A.C.T. whilst at university, where he met and worked with other aspiring musicians from around the world. Since then he has been performing solo and with bands for corporate functions, bars, weddings, and parties. He has worked on live and recorded projects for dozens of bands and musicians. He was initially engaged as a musician on Mr Different and has subsequently worked on another Fringe show with Pieter.
Mr Different is play with live music. Premiered in nascent form at Buxton Fringe in 2017 it was nominated for best small music ensemble. The show was Pieter Egriega's attempt to give context to original live music, which features a trio playing vaguely Latin music
The set up was that we were looking at an industrial estate in a northern town, which was the cut through from the town centre, where all the evening entertainment took place to get to the suburban housing estates. The trio were rehearsing and hoping to pick up small change from the party-goers as they made their way home.
A large laundry bag, centre stage, contained a disturbed character nearly naked except for an A&E gown. He had a white face painted as a Pierrot and had his hair tied up as might befit a mental patient in Victorian asylums.
Apparitions appear around him with whom Mr Different engages in conversation. Some are merry makers, some are pursuing their own course through the night and some are officialdom. It is clear that Mr Different is not in the same place as everyone else.
With encouragement from several audience members, reviewers and most importantly Craig Sanders, it was decided that the piece could be expanded to perform at theatres. Craig suggested an R&D grant from the Arts Council would help to develop the dramaturgy and set design to go with these new ambitions.
In 2019 we applied and were granted a research and development grant by Arts Council UK. The grant was applied for on the basis of developing the stage design and undertaking several workshops to get audience reaction, working with a local university drama department.
Writer and performer