Propellor, a 12-piece ensemble directed by Kendal’s own Jack McNeill, will be premiering their new production, Flight, in the Theatre on the 1 October with doors at 6.45pm.
Flight traces the connections between music, birds, humans and the science in between and is the culmination of Jack’s time at Brewery Arts as Musician in Residence.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be supported at Brewery Arts and to work away in the belly of this arts centre, making this new project and stretching my wings in some new creative directions,” said Jack.
The production is a collaboration with creatives ranging from Mark Cocker, one of the UK’s leading authors on nature, renowned electronic musician Leafcutter John, and Jenny Reeves, the director of Lancaster’s About Time Dance Company, plus a host of other artists.
“There is a lot going on,” said Jack. “It should feel like a gig, but one that gives you loads of really exciting information to take away”.
Alongside the ensemble’s music there will be live reactive visuals, spoken word and powerful contemporary dance.
“What I love about this kind of work is there is just so many layers,” said Jenny Reeves.
“So when I was invited to come and be a performer, that was super exciting”.
On the 28 September, three members of the ensemble will be holding a pay-what-you-decide workshop for children, to create recycled musical instruments inspired by bird and landscape ecology. You can learn more about the workshop here.
The instruments made in the workshop will be included in the October performance.
You can learn more about Jack’s journey to developing Flight at Brewery Arts in his blog at jackmcneill.co.uk/blog
Tickets for the performance can be bought here and there is a 20% discount for students.