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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Late Shows: Lawnmowers Theatre Company - The Glass Orchestra

(Review by Ann Alex).
You MUST see this: Put it on your bucket list for next year
It isn’t jazz as such, but it’s wonderful, magical music! A semi-circle of musical instruments, all made of glass, glasses of water of all sizes, large jars, glass tubes and tubs, a xylophone and glass blocks on a table.  To be tapped with drumsticks, fingers circled round water glasses to produce a rich ringing tone, or tubs thumped with the hands, to get a bass sound. A 15 minute performance of delight.  The first item was of interwoven tones, then came a piece with an amusing spoken commentary about a bus journey to the Metrocentre.
There was an evocative piece about being a child, and more music to round off the session.  I couldn’t stay for the other performances but besides the orchestra there was also an item of drama, singing by the choir, and food, 3 shows and food within an hour.
I hope there’s a chance for people who haven’t seen this to do so next year.  The Lawnmowers is next to Gateshead Old Town Hall, and is an organisation where people with special educational needs and other people can work together.  The glass orchestra is performed by the percussion group.  Well done!
Ann Alex

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