HALF MAN || HALF BULL • 20 SONGS • 2 ALBUMS
A MYTHIC AT-HOME INTERACTIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE FOR OUR TIME
NEAT wants to help you to connect with a special person you’ve missed during LOCKDOWN.
We are giving away two sets of double albums (worth £30) to the first 25 to get in touch with us via the form below, or you can just request a personal copy.
This will allow you to send a copy as a gift to someone you have missed during lockdown.
You could even arrange to listen at the same time so that you feel connected through story and music.
‘EVERYTHING HERE IS NOW’
2 ancient myths. 2 narrative albums. 20 original tracks.
A radical retelling of Theseus & The Minotaur and Daedalus & Icarus created as a brand new listening experience made for everyone, everywhere.
Created by the internationally award winning team behind smash hits Orpheus, Eurydice and The Gods The Gods The Gods, HALF MAN || HALF BULL is a brand new storytelling project, created to be listened to right in your home. It’s a weave of big beats, bigger melodies and heavy bass lines to tell two heroic, desperate tales of love, ambition, isolation and hope.
Contains strong language
‘THERE ARE PEOPLE IN PLACES, THAT MAKE PLACES NICER’
‘AND AFTER ME, WE RUN, AND THEN JUMP ON THREE’
HOW TO GET YOUR FREE COPY
Fill in the form below, the first 25 to get in touch with us will receive two copies of the double album.
One for you and one for someone special you’ve missed during lockdown who you think will enjoy this audio theatrical experience.
You also have the option to just request a personal copy.
We will ask you for your address and also for the giftee’s address, we will post you a copy each.
Your information will be deleted two months after your album is posted. None of the information will be shared with third parties.
Your name will be added to the postcard inside the giftee’s album
We will send you a feedback form via email (but not to the giftee)
‘LEAD ME TO THE LIGHT AGAIN’
‘LISTEN DAD, IT’S PRETTY LATE, AND I’M PRETTY DRUNK, BUT I MISS YOU, ALOT.
Fusing spoken word, electronica and soulHALF MAN || HALF BULL retells two interlinking ancient myths – Theseus & The Minotaur and Daedalus & Icarus. It’s a brand new work with a physical design from Lydia Denno, to be sent in the post and experience in your own home.
Created by Phil Grainger, Alexander Wright and Oliver Tilney, HALF MAN || HALF BULL follows hot on the heels of Wright (The Flanagan Collective) and Grainger’s (Gobbledigook Theatre) internationally award winning shows ORPHEUS, EURYDICE and THE GODS THE GODS THE GODS. Like so many companies, The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre postponed their 18month international tour last March and flew home to North Yorkshire. A year later, a brand new work is about to drop.
School friends Phil Grainger and Alexander Wright have found great acclaim over the last few years with their enthralling brand of spoken word and live music, packing rooms across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Bali and transferring to New York. Now, teaming up with long time collaborator Oliver Tilney, the trio have created a brand new piece of work – HALF MAN || HALF BULL – designed to be experienced at home.
‘From the get go, we wanted to make a new piece of work that wasn’t contingent on being performed live’ says Tilney, who first brought the idea to Alex & Phil in June 2020. ‘We didn’t want a watered down version of something to give to audiences, we wanted to create a new piece of work in its correct form. For us, that form is a double narrative led album.’
The trio have partnered up with some brilliant organisations to bring the idea to life. Partnering with North East Arts Touring, Theatr Clwyd, Slung Low, Rural Arts, The Barn Theatre amongst others, it’s clear there’s an appetite for this type of work.
‘We started talking with our brilliant pals at Streatham Space Project, where we managed to bring a socially distanced version of EURYDICE in September’ explains Wright. ‘It quickly became clear there would be an appetite for a theatre, or an organisation, to be able to deliver content to their audience whilst people couldn’t gather in a more traditional setting.’
A successful Arts Council Project Grant allowed the team to grow.The trio have collaborated with producers, designers and host of musicians to realise this project, alongside a brilliant family of theatres, venues and partner organisations. After years of touring, lockdown has provided an opportunity to create and develop.
‘Alex and I have been writing and touring shows for a while, with an ambition to grow our sound. This felt like a great opportunity to work with more people, collaborate with more artists and, crucially, create some work for as many freelancers as we could afford’ explains Grainger. That team includes Aminita Francis from BAC BeatBox Collective; Zimbabwean born musician Tendaii Sitima; acclaimed designer Lydia Denno; and project producer Charlotte Bath. ‘We were also able to spend a lot of time at Crooked Room studios working with Isaac McInnis, which really helped grow the sound. It’s crucial that as this is an audio project, that it sounds flipping great.’
The project is designed as an At-Home experience. If you buy, you’ll get a physical pack through your door with artwork, listening instructions and an invitation to step back out in to the real world. HALF MAN || HALF BULL is an epic storytelling adventure for our time.
‘DRAWING MAPS THAT DROP OF THE PAGE’
‘‘IF YOU CAN’T ESCAPE BY LAND, ESCAPE BY FEATHERS’
‘HERE, NOW, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CROWD, IM GOING FLYING’
Created & Performed by Phil Grainger, Oliver Tilney, and Alexander Wright
Guest Artist (Theseus) – Aminita Francis
Guest Artist (Daedalus) – Tendaii Humphrey Sitima
Project Producer – Charlie Bath
Music Producer – Isaac McInnis
Designer – Lydia Denno
Recording & Mixing – Isaac McInnis at Crooked Room Studios
Mastering – David Lawrie (Ishikawa Media)
Additional Music – Frances Bolley, Tom Figgins, Isaac McInnis, Emile Ryjoch and Gavin Whitworth
Additional Dramaturgy – Megan Drury
Additional Voices – Angie Alle, Hille Auvenin, Joanna Bongowska, David Calvitto, Laura Darling, Megan Drury, Inês Sampaio Figueiredo, Kirsten Foster, Peter Groom, Maura Rafferty, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty, Lucas Jones, James Lawrence, MJ Lee, Faye Marsay, Iona McInnis, Marnie Silver, Jess Zilleson.
With thanks to – Angie Alle, Anikdote, Darren Lee Cole, James Dale, Megan Drury, Luke Langley, Serena Manteghi, Helen Simpson, Stephanie Racine, Michael Slater, Simon Victor, Paul & Maggi Wright.
Partner Venues: At The Mill, Birmingham Hippodrome, NEAT, November Club, Rural Arts, Slung Low, SoHo Playhouse, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Storyhouse, Streatham Space Project, The Barn Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Theatre Deli, The Place Bedford, The Roses Theatre, York Theatre Royal
Partner Venues: At The Mill, Birmingham Hippodrome, North East Arts Touring, November Club, Rural Arts, Slung Low, SoHo Playhouse, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Storyhouse, Streatham Space Project, The Barn Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Theatre Deli, The Place Bedford, The Roses Theatre, York Theatre Royal
‘IF ONE IS STILL TWO, THEY CAN PULL THROUGH’
If you have eny questions about this offer please get in touch, via email
Hope you enjoy