Monday, 22 May 2017

THE UNITED KINGDOM OF EARTH: A BREXIT OPERA


THE UNITED KINGDOM OF EARTH
A Brexit Opera



UK Premiere Performances

July 26th
The Agitprop Allstars present "The United Kingdom of Earth"
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, London

September 7th
The Hidden Noise present "The United Kingdom of Earth"
CCA Glasgow

In a not-too-distant future, having avoided some nuclear misunderstanding that engulfed the rest of the planet, a post-Brexit Britain finds itself surrounded by nothing but scorched earth. How do people from the everyday family home to the corridors of power cope with this? And what on earth is Boris doing in Downing Street in a tie-dye suit?

An epic community opera with electronic music, performed by a cast of professional and non-professional actors and singers, “The United Kingdom of Earth” is a wide ranging satire on British values, beliefs, and histories.

As a “non-denominational satire” the piece chooses not to take a particular political angle, so is suitable viewing for all of you whatever your stance on the Brexit argument. A comedy of manners, “The United Kingdom of Earth” combines killer songs with spoken-word and synthesised sound to create an evocative picture of a country looking backwards at itself.

A production of composer, writer, collagist Dominic Robertson - formerly known as Ergo Phizmiz – who, over the past twenty years, has become a prolific maverick of UK and international theatre, opera, radio, and independent music worlds.

Rotterdam’s Worm Institute was the incubator of this piece, which received its first performances in November 2016 at the Ubik Theatre.






Trailer for Rotterdam production https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp7A7edZHRY

Dominic Robertson is available for interview deedubyarobertson@gmail.com

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Crowdfunding the Brexit Opera!

That's right, in a heady return to the world of crowdfunding, "England's Greatest Entertainer" takes you on a country walk.


Donate HERE! And please tell all your friends!

Friday, 28 April 2017

THAT HAPPY BREED IN LONDON - CASTING CALL

"That Happy Breed: A Brexit Science-Fiction Community Opera" is to play London on July 26th, full details tba shortly. In the meantime, a casting call!

And don't forget, "That Happy Breed" receives its UK premiere at CCA Glasgow, May 18th 2017, with a cast of Glasgow's finest.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Unreleased Ergo Phizmiz Volume One





Between 2001-2015 Dominic Robertson's erstwhile alter-ego Ergo Phizmiz released hundreds of hours of music, radio, theatre and installation art. At the same time, he released three records of critically acclaimed songwriting on independent label Care in the Community Recordings: "Things to Do and Make", "Eleven Songs" and "The Peacock". These records were culled from a huge amount of tracks in collaboration with the label, leaving the rest waiting for their moment in the sunshine.

And here it is! Volume One of "The Unreleased Ergo Phizmiz", ten songs produced between 2007-2015, never previously heard except at live shows here and there. One review of "Things to Do and Make" pointed out that the release "goes to show that major record labels have lost touch completely", and these songs give further credence to this statement. Ergo Phizmiz trundled on with this music until the sense of futility won out and the only thing to do was stop and try to gather perspective.

At a time when other outsider DIY songwriters are being given their just dues, it's about time this music was heard by a wider audience. So send it to your friends, play it at your parties, put it on your radioshow. If you have spare pennies, buy it and help one of the most productive artists on the planet pay his long overdue rent and bills!

Monday, 10 April 2017

BREXIT SONGS FOR EVERYONE!


OUT NOW!

BREXIT SONGS FOR EVERYONE!

Side 52 / Side 48

Songs for your Brexit experience, whatever your political inclination.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

New Collages & Transfer Prints

Here are a big bunch of images I've been scribbling on and chopping. Click to enlarge. My pictures are for sale - but of course, and I need to pay the rent - so! If you like any of my images so much that you just can't stop thinking about them, you lose sleep, you long just to return to your screen, then get in touch and we can arrange a very reasonable price with which you can decorate your already stylish and elegant household.

Most of these images are small, maximum A3 size, except LoopLoop which is massive and built inside what appears to be a window-frame.

A Kiss

Adieu

Angel on the Roof

Children Learn All About Machines

Devils to Drop

In Clouds

LoopLoop

Of Vision

Sailor's Death

Saint Joan's Invocation

Someone in the Garden

The Age of Steam

The Screaming Puzzle

The Yellow House

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

That Happy Breed EP

This is the soundtrack to all of your Brexit related fears and neuroses!

We present music to save the Queen by, music to cut off your borders by, music to listen to the Queen by, music for politicians to forget their troubles by, music to beat up your friends by, music to celebrate the special relationship by, music to see in fewer dimensions by, and music to burn the world by.




An 8 track EP of music from the world's first Brexit opera "That Happy Breed", recorded in the marvellous Worm Sound Studio, Rotterdam, by Dominic Robertson, assisted by Andrew Dickinson, 2016.

"That Happy Breed" is a giant community-play-opera, a science-fiction story of Britain in a not-too-distant future, after the Brexit has occurred, for better or worse, till death, etc ...

It is being performed with different casts across the UK during 2017, starting with Glasgow's CCA in May.

"That Happy Breed" is a commission of Worm, Rotterdam.