Passion and Paradox: ‘Messiah’ at the cinema, part 4

We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way.

Tom Morris OBE is the Tony Award-winning Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and Associate Director of the UK’s National Theatre. His directing credits include War Horse and The Grinning Man.

We spoke to him about exploring the paradoxes of faith in this production of Messiah

Hi Tom, thanks for taking the time to chat. So obviously the music of Messiah is itself very dramatic, but you’ve chosen to also dramatise the action onstage. How did this decision develop?

TM: I think to a lot of people it isn’t obvious that the music is dramatic! Drama involves conflict and struggle – and one of the opportunities that excited me about this approach is that even though Handel was known to be a dramatist, people don’t tend to listen out for or think about the conflict which might exist in the music. Clearly what we’ve done isn’t the only way to do Messiah, but the decision to ask that question about what the struggle might be in the music – that got more and more exciting as we looked into it.

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Passion and Paradox: ‘Messiah’ at the cinema, part 3

We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way.

John Travers is Head of Distribution at CinemaLive. He has over 17 years experience in the cinema industry, working both as an exhibitor and distributor of films and events. He was a founding board member of the Event Cinema Association.

We spoke to him about bringing Messiah to a cinema screen near you.

Hi John, thanks for speaking with us! Event cinema is something that really seems to have taken off in recent years. Can you tell me a bit about CinemaLive’s vision for what you do, and what you’ve got to offer?

JT: Our goal is to provide audiences worldwide with access to premium events at their own local cinema. There are so many great events that for various reasons people can’t attend – some events sell out fast, like this production of Messiah. Sometimes people can’t make performance dates, or afford the cost of tickets or travel.

We feel there’s an audience out there that wants to experience these things, and we choose events – regardless of genre – that appeal beyond the confines of the venue.

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Passion and Paradox: ‘Messiah’ at the cinema, part 2

We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way. 

Alison Hargreaves is a freelance performing arts producer and filmmaker. I spoke to her about the challenges of staging Messiah.

Hi Alison, thanks for being part of our blog series. With so many productions of the Messiah happening every year, what makes this one special? 

AH: This piece of music is very familiar to lots of people – but it might be difficult to understand the human story. I felt the drama would help make sense of that story.

We’re trying to reveal the drama inside a piece of music people might assume they know, or assume is only relevant to people who already believe. Our production explores the question of why people might want to believe in the first place. That’s what drama is good for – to try and relate emotionally to people who have lived at a different time, had different lives.

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Passion and Paradox: ‘Messiah’ at the cinema

We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way. 

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About Messiah

Messiah is the most popular choral work ever written in English. The music was composed by George Frederic Handel in 1741, over a period of just 24 days. The words were put together from the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer by Handel’s collaborator Charles Jennens, who wanted to create ‘a meditation of our Lord as Messiah in Christian thought and belief’.

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