Founded in 2010, by Bethany Jameson and with Romano Viazzani as musical director, this is a new collaboration between a very eclectic group of artists who are creating new shows that bring music and theatre together in a variety of ways, and exploring different national and musical cultures.
Our first music theatre show, The Accordionist, toured the South West and came to London in April 2011. We worked with Karen Street, accordionist and composer with whom we wrote 'Just Her Younger Man', judged 'A showstopper!' by the London Festival Fringe, also with Guillermo Rozenthuler, Argentinean Singer songwriter and Tango specialist and Andrew Morton, director and opera singer.
We are focusing on the Cabaret at the moment, and have founded the Cabaret Vérité Quartet, with some truly extraordinary musicians. Declan Daly, virtuoso violinist and Ben Hazleton, Alan Gibson and Yaron Stavi, extraordinary double bassists. The Cabaret show On the Banks of the Seine has its origins in a duo show by Bethany and Romano created in 2009 as a commission for the Bastille Day Festival in London, organised by Southwark Playhouse. Originally a homage to Edith Piaf and combining the songs with story telling, the full quartet shows are very different:
'On the Banks of the Seine'
A unique cocktail of the gorgeous French chansons and sultry Tangos PLUS a wealth of new cabaret songs exploring shopping, politics and economics (both international and marital), the beauty products scandal, looking after ageing parents and picking up younger men in bars!
A deliciously nostalgic evening of French chansons and Argentinean Tangos, 1930s to 1970s. The gritty romance of 'la chanson réaliste' epitomised by Edith Piaf, the elegance and cool chic of Juliette Greco and Barbara, the dark passion of Jacques Brel, the exuberance and dexterity of the Hot Club de France and many more. All songs brilliantly arranged by Romano Viazzani.
'I rather loved you! Great voice, great arrangements, an engaging, glamorous and sophisticated performer. You're terrific!' (Dillie Keane of Fascinating AIDA)
'Full of colour' (The Times)
'It's unique, fun and sophisticated. I love the sound the quartet creates - so compelling!' (Hayley Chester, Ambassador Theatre Group)
'Bethany Jameson was fab - people were streaming over from the pub opposite hearing that something great was going down - her Jacques Brel is out of this world' (Robert Twigger, award winning novellist and poet)
'Bethany totally made those beautiful French songs her own. A truly innovative and exciting evening!' (Kath Serkis, Southwark Playhouse)