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Sister Wendy Musical

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This is one of the most ‘out there’ creative ideas I have encountered for quite some time so I have to share it with you. Laura Baxter sent me this link to the Sister Wendy Musical project. Their publicity reads:

Postcards from God is a vibrant and exciting new musical portrait of renowned ‘art nun’ Sister Wendy Beckett. With her homespun philosophy that “art is meant for everyone”, Sister Wendy became a household name in the nineties with her televised tours of the UK, Europe and America. But as the reluctant pop icon swapped her humble mobile home for the caravan of fame, her simple life would never be the same again.

Featuring gospel, pop, rock ‘n’ roll and rap, Postcards from God’s bold new score is composed in styles as various as the artworks depicted in the show. A cast of all-singing, all-dancing nuns bring this poignant parable about the world’s only ‘nun critic superstar’ to life in vivid colour.

The show was originally developed in 2004 – 2005 at BAC with award-winning performance artist Kazuko Hohki and is adapted from Sister Wendy’s life and works by Marcus Reeves and Beccy Smith. After successful scratch performances at BAC, the show spawned a spin-off cabaret act ‘The Singing Sisters’ – a 30-strong nun choir who performed at BAC’s Burst and Tilt nights as well as Duckie at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Postcards from God was recently showcased at The Rosemary Branch Theatre in London in April 2006 as part of ‘An Evening with Mr. Theatre’ along with a rehearsed reading in November 2005 at Maria Assumpta Centre, a convent in Kensington. The show will have it’s world premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre in London in January 2007.

Until then, you can have a listen to some songs here on myspace Sister Wendy Musical

If you want to become a funder of this project you can go to bluecaravan blog or Postcards From God

Enjoy!

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Written by ellenloudon

October 9, 2006 at 10:20 pm

Posted in music, religion

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  1. FANTASTIC!

    charity

    October 9, 2006 at 11:02 pm

  2. Excellent! when were the auditions for this one? gutted…

    St. Claire of Toxteth

    October 10, 2006 at 2:04 pm

  3. Perhaps you could get in touch with the director – just in case they need an understudy (I know this won’t be good enough for you St Claire but I am sure you can work your way into the main cast). Xxx

    Ellen Loudon

    October 10, 2006 at 4:00 pm


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