evening of poetry and music'
Theater im Kesselhaus,
for the twinning association with South Bersted
Weil am Rhein
September 21st, 2012
An evening of love poetry – with
music & lyrics from
the ‘Great American Songbook’
Regie: Julia Goodman
Musikalische Leitung: Roger Limb
Compiled by Christine West
With the Voices of ... Mit den Stimmen von... Rod
Beacham, Julia Goodman, Patrick Hastings, Roger Limb, Mark Mason-Jones,
Helena Michell & Christine West
The latest 'Carry on Cupid' team outside
Blake's Cottage in Felpham
Musical Director Roger Limb (left) with
Patrick Hastings, Christine West, Julia Goodman (Director),
Mason-Jones, Rod Beacham.
Helena Michell is the daughter of actor Keith Michell and
the German show will be her first appearance with VIP.
English Lyrics , stimulating and warm a very successful
Weil am Rhein (jop).
"The 2hours went by so fast", said visitors about the evening of
love lyrics mixed with songs from the "great American songbook"
last Friday when they left the Kesselhaus.
The speciality was announcements and recitals in English , the 7
actors on stage came from the English twin town of Weil am Rhein,
where they met up in
Bognor Regis a few years ago.
Actors, Directors, Musicians well educated Amateurs founded the
Ensemble "Voices in Performance" the Ensemble was invited by the
office of culture
to celebrate 25 years partnership between the twin City's.
A very diverse choreography was supported by clear pronunciation
and easy listening performance.
The outstanding Jazz-Pianist Roger Limb opened the evening in
the Kesselhaus with Cole Porters Hymn "What is this thing called
Director Julia Goodman carried on with the question as she
quoted Philip Sydney with verses from the 16th century.
Adrian Henri's answer 400 years later was witty and amusingly
recited by Christine West, Mark Mason, Rod Beacham, Helena
Michell and Patrick Hastings.
In 2 big Performances we saw exchange of words and songs from
Cole Porter Felix Mendelsohn and George Gershwin and they
worked colourful side by side.
Patrick Hastings read with great dignity William Blakes Love
Poems, whose cottage is in Bognor Regis and is one of many
Other famous authors like William Shakespeare, W.H. Auden,
Robert Burns, W.B. Yeats were also on the very informative
To honour the German Audience they also threw in Lyrics from
Erich Kaestner and Heinrich Heine.
The English recitations spiced with humour and irony from Adrian
Mitchell or Sir John Betjemen were so good that the Audience
again and again acknowledged with
bemusement or laughter.
A very engaging and warm evening was for sure the highlight of
the City exchange.
This performance was part of Friday Saturday Sunday program
where also author and film director Simon Eden, the Vitra haus
Cafe Inka a Fete in Friedlingen and of course the centre of
culture took part.
Weiler Zeitung :
With poetry and musical delicatessen bemused the Ensemble
"Voices in Performance" the Audience with their enthusiastic
lyrics and songs, an all-round love filled evening. The sound
the words the melodies were mainly in English a huge enjoyment.
Even for the non English Audience the appearance solo or as an
ensemble: Rod Beacham, Julia Goodman, Patrick Hastings, Roger
Limb, Mark Mason-Jones, Helena Michell and Christine West
delighted with their performance lovesongs
in the Orchard, songs about love, love in the city of Paris,
love, was found in every Lyric. The young love, love in life
also love in later life.
Work of different Authors Poets, Songwriters were all collected
and presented by the Ensemble.
Heinrich Heine Erich Kaestner were recited with a light English
accent which made the Audience listen even more.
So many of the Visitors enjoyed a new way of poetry, with songs
like "if love was Jazz" or Cole Porters evergreen "I've got you
under my skin". The enthusiastic Audience showed their thanks
and appreciation with lots of applause.
A big thank you went to Verena Saenger for her help, also to
culture manager Tonio Passlick for their friendly help to
organise an extremely enjoyable evening in the