Mayworks Halifax Festival presents KAMP Songspiel: An Orchestral Preview
Apr 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30pm
An orchestral preview of a new Musical by Jamie Bradley and Garry Williams
From 1933 until the end of the Second World War, the Third Reich arrested homosexual men and imprisoned them in concentration camps. Crammed into isolation barracks, these men suffered back-breaking work and torture beyond imagination. Some of these men sought solace by secretly producing weekly musical reviews under the noses of the S.S.
Bradley & Williams’ new darkly comedic musical KAMP tells the story of a small group of these brave artists, who struggled to escape the horrors of the day by expressing themselves through their music. From the darkness, they used their wit and camp to find light.
The Nazis hated them because they were gay… but that’s what saved them
KAMP Songspiel: An Orchestral Preview will highlight some of the original songs of this new musical and introduce the audience to the characters and their lives in the “Pink Barrack” as they plan and rehearse their own cabaret.
The Songspiel will feature a number of queer performers from the Halifax theatre community. The KAMP Cabaret Band will include musicians from the Halifax Music Co-Op, under the Musical Direction of John Bogardus.
1 ticket = 3 events!
A ticket to KAMP Songspiel gives you admission to two separate stage readings of the play presented during the STAGES Theatre Festival on May 16th and 27th!
The Mayworks Festival Pass gives you access to all Mayworks events AND the two reading at STAGES!!
How the ‘Two Readings’ thing works
The play receives a first reading in week one of the STAGES Theatre Festival, then a second reading in week two after work has been done.
Session 1 will feature a staged-reading of this new work in-development followed by a moderated feedback session with the audience. Over the course of ten days, the playwrights will rework the piece (heeding OR ignoring the audience’s comments!) for a reading to take place the following week.
One ticket allows audience members access to both Session 1 and 2, in addition to the Songspiel!
Visit the STAGES Theatre Festival website for details.
This event is presented as part of the Mayworks Halifax Festival. Visit mayworkshalifax.ca for program details.