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Nick Cave joins the cast of live online production 'Dream'

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Nick Cave, the acclaimed musician, writer, film score composer and occasional actor, and leader of the Bad Seeds, has joined the cast of Dream, a live online production created in collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Recorded during lockdown, it has been confirmed that Nick Cave plays the ‘Voice of the Forest’, a strange and mystical character who accompanies the audience as they explore the rivers, flowers and trees of a virtual midsummer forest. Combining theatre, music and cutting-edge motion capture technology, Dream has been described as “an extraordinary exploration into the future of live performance.”

In a first glimpse into the online experience, Nick Cave can be heard reciting lines from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: And in the wood, where often you and I, Upon faint primrose beds were wont to lie.”

Using a mobile or desktop via the dream online website, audiences from anywhere in the world can interact in real-time with a cast of seven actors and a symphonic score recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra – featuring contemporary orchestral works composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, and Swedish composer Jesper Nordin.

Jane Beese, Head of Music at Manchester International Festival said: “Music is an integral part of the Dream experience and we’re thrilled that Nick Cave’s voice will sit alongside Jesper Nordin and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s living, dynamic score. With his mystical voice and dark vocal tones, Cave is the perfect person to represent the forest helping audiences traverse the otherworldly land of Dream.”

Dream was due to open in Spring 2020 as an in-person and online live performance, and has been recreated during the pandemic for online audiences whilst venues remain closedThe project is one of four Audience of the Future Demonstrator projects, supported by the government Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which is delivered by UK Research and Innovation. The pioneering collaboration explores how audiences could experience live performance in the future.

The 50-minute online event will be a shared experience between remote audience members and the actors. Audiences can choose to buy a £10 ticket to take part or to view the performance for free. The ten Dream performances are scheduled so that audiences across the world can join the event.

Performance details: Friday 12 March to Saturday 20 March 2021

Dream Online 21 official dates:

  • Friday 12th March – 11am (GMT)
  • Saturday 13th March – 8pm             
  • Sunday 14th March – 6pm             
  • Tuesday 16th March – 7pm             
  • Wednesday 17th March 2am      
  • Thursday 18th March – 10am             
  • Thursday 18th March – 7pm             
  • Friday 19th March – 1pm             
  • Saturday 20th March – 10am             
  • Saturday 20th March – 8pm    

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