Grant Olding composed the orignal score and songs for William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre.
“The theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing), David Moorst (Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Festival) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. The production also re-unites the team responsible for last year’s smash-hit Julius Caesar. The direction is by Nicholas Hytner, design by Bunny Christie, costume by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti. Joining the team will be composer Grant Olding, movement director Arlene Phillips, and associate movement director James Cousins.”
Air-Edel Records released Grant’s two new settings of William Shakespeare’s ‘You Spotted Snakes’ in the summer of 2019.
Performed by the forest fairies, with lead vocals by Rachel Tolzman, the first version, “Lullaby”, is a dream song, a half remembered melody from a childhood long since outgrown, sung to give comfort to Oberon when he wants to be soothed. The melody, hinting at faeries in flight, works against a sinewy harmony that suggests Oberon’s unrest. It envelops the listener and protects them from harm.
The second imagining, “Lullaby (with Added Bubbles)” is a soulful pop ballad, performed by Jamie Rose-Monks; Oberon’s unrest is now gone, and all that remains is the bliss of new beginnings, new romances, and pure indulgence.