In their Own Words


Photos – Liv Pennington

Michael Betteridge & Anna Braithwaite // In Their Own Words

Hackney Showroom

Dates: 01-Oct

Time: 19:00-20:00

Tickets: £10/8

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What to expect…


Composers Michael Betteridge and Anna Braithwaite have teamed up to create a radical new music-theatre piece, staged by director Nick Blackburn. The production premieres two new works, one from each composer, that set the stories of people facing life-changing diagnoses to a musical backdrop, using the subjects’ own words as their source text.

The composers have drawn upon an eclectic set of influences from both avant-garde and popular culture to create pieces for solo voice, clarinets, tape and percussion. Michael’s work interrogates attitudes to safe sex in the LGBT community by telling the story of a twenty-one year old man living with HIV. Anna’s piece uncovers universal themes of ageing, memory and identity in the issues affecting the daily life of a woman living with dementia.

These are humourous and poignant musical portraits, told ‘In Their Own Words’.

Approx. 60 minutes + post show Q&A (max. 20 minutes)


Hackney Showrooms – London E8 2BT

Hackney Downs Studios,
Amhurst Terrace,
London E8 2BT

Tel: 020 3095 9747