Facade/Eight Songs for a Mad King

Experience madness, mayhem and mischief in this unusual pairing that will take you on a journey into the heart of twentieth-century musical innovation. Set in the fictional Esapbury hospital where shell-shock victims of World War One are treated, Façade offers a bizarre, yet often humorous outlook, in which the protagonists imaginatively disguise their wartime turmoil through metaphor and self-conscious performance distraction. Eight Songs for a Mad King explores the internal torture of an officer so traumatised by his experience in the War that he has assumed a separate identity – that of the mad George III. This pairing will examine varying states of human psychology, whilst exploring what it means to be truly mad.

5-7 September 2014, Grimeborn Opera Festival (Arcola Theatre) – 020 7503 1646
10 September 2014, Rose Theatre Kingston (pre-concert talk by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies) – 020 8174 0090
16 November 2014, Sound Ways Festival of New Music, St. Petersburg Philharmonia



Music                     William Walton
Text                        Edith Sitwell

Reciter 1                Charmian Bedford
Reciter 2                Danny Standing

Eight Songs for a Mad King

Music                     Peter Maxwell Davies
Text                        Randolph Stow & George III

King                       Samuel Pantcheff

Conductor             Oliver Zeffman

Director                 Ella Marchment
Design                   Holly Pigott
Lighting Design     Christopher Nairne
Video Design         Benjamin Fox