New Orleans, Louisiana has a rich and chequered cultural history. Famously, it was abandoned by the US government after catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, and historically home to Storyville, a legal red light district in the early 1900’s. Recently the media veered its focus towards the police brutality and young black lives lost in Baton Rouge. Despite all of this, the music has been the beating heart of the community.
We are working to bring the music and cultural history of New Orleans to the stage; distilling it into a series of dynamic and punchy interwoven short stories incorporating live music. We want to create a show which will celebrate diversity and how community can be united through music. The production will feature a cast of seven actor musicians who will tell the stories of the city, whilst forming a New Orlean's second line brass band, playing music composed by David M Saunders based heavily on the original form. The current working title is NOLA, American slang for New Orleans, Louisiana.
:DELIRIUM: was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director, Oliver Kaderbhai. We believe that theatre should be sustainable, reaching out to new audiences with interesting, exciting, and important stories. Our previous shows include the first ever play developed for The Old Vic Tunnels in 2010, entitled 'Your Nation Loves You’, a promenade, site specific exploration of humanity under extreme pressure. Most recently, we produced Simon Stephen’s ‘One Minute’ at The Vaults to critical acclaim from both audiences and the playwright.
This will be our seventh major production and we are eager to bring the experience to the broadest audience across the UK. As a a company which thrives upon developing new relationships, Pitch Up would give us the opportunity to present our style of work to important new partners and collaborators. We always strive to bring our work to venues who have a returning audience that enjoy experiencing new stories from different walks of life. We are passionate about continuing to offer paid opportunities for our artists but we need support to achieve this.