Here All Night
HERE ALL NIGHT will tour in Ireland in Spring 2018, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Here All Night - is a new music/text/visual art performance conceived by Judy Hegarty Lovett, Paul Clark, Conor Lovett & Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh. Inspired by (and featuring) the music in Samuel Beckett's work, it is directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett with musical direction and original compositions by Paul Clark and it features a stunning design featuring an artwork by renowned Irish artist Brian O'Doherty.
Performance ensemble includes : Chris Allan - Cello, John Paul Gandy - Piano, Conor Lovett - Spoken Word, Melanie Pappenheim - Singer and Cleek Schrey or Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh - Hardanger d'Amore.
The work includes original music by Samuel Beckett from the novel Watt, as well as songs, poems and texts by Beckett with original music composed and arranged by Paul Clark (The Clod Ensemble).
Here All Night was originally commissioned by Beckett Project Paris and first presented in a work-in-progress performance at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in 2010 that was also supported by Culture Ireland. In 2013 the show was performed at Brighton Festival, at White Light Festival 2015 at The Lincoln Centre in New York and at Beckett In London 2016 at The Print Room in London and, in October 2016 again with the support by Culture Ireland, Here All Night was performed at Arts Emerson's Paramount Theatre in Boston, USA.
PRESS On Here All Night -
'The artistry in this collected team is powerful: Pappenheim’s folkish soprano is stunningly fragile. Conor Lovett has a remarkable affinity to the turns and dogged playfulness of Beckett’s prose.
Throughout, the balance of the folkish and high art – in the tension between Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s relaxed, virtuosic fiddling and John Paul Gandy’s exceptionally detailed grand piano noodlings – picks up on similar contrasts inherent in Beckett’s writing between the high and the low – the philosopher and the clown.
You feel throughout that you’re being treated to an extraordinarily rich meal: the ensemble are clearly artists at the top of their game and the quality of performance in both music and theatre is exhilarating.'
'This attempt to bring together music, song and text from the work of Samuel Beckett is a very successful one indeed.
Gare St Lazare Ireland...need no praise from me for they know how good they are.
Conor Lovett, who I have seen before, is the voice I hear in my head when I read Beckett's prose, and there are few more honest compliments than that.
This was a performance of a supreme confidence borne of talent and very hard work and one of total quality and an assured touch.
If you missed this then you missed out.'
'To compose a piece of theatre which follows “themes of age, love and that tormenting voice that plays inside us all,” was the aim of director Judy Hegarty Lovett.
What to say? It was a brilliant success – even those who hadn’t made a lifetime’s study of Beckett would have been enchanted by this seamless, thoughtful portrayal of the man’s voice and world through music, poetry and prose.
The clear soprano voice and sculptural, almost sepulchral face, of Melanie Pappenheim set the scene, as she intoned the “here all night” motif across the space, while the faun-like Caomhin O’Raghallaigh contributed his heavenly fiddle; Christopher Allan added gravitas with his cello; John Paul Gandy gave a virtuoso performance on piano; and a finely-pitched and perfectly rehearsed three-woman choir underpinned the musical side of things.'
Here All Night was supported by Culture Ireland and its first performances in Brighton were made possible by the following patrons.
Micheline Sakharoff, Christopher J. Herbert & Nancy Welch, Maya Homburger & Barry Guy, Marie Donnelly, Gerry & Brid Dukes, Naomi Wirthner, Anna McMullan, James & Elizabeth Knowlson, Maria Ludgate, Geneva Literary Aid Society, Christine Monk & Fergal Mccarthy, John Crowley, Geoffrey Keating, David Tucker, Margaret Byskov, Jason Weiss as well as anonymous patrons.
'Among the high points of White Light Festival 2015' Opera News
'You feel throughout that you’re being treated to an extraordinarily rich meal: the ensemble are clearly artists at the top of their game and the quality of performance in both music and theatre is exhilarating.' Total Theatre Magazine.
Click on play below to hear the opening song from the production, recorded in Rehearsal in March 2013 and sung by Melanie Pappenheim.