The Late Shows 2024

We’re delighted to be taking part in the Late Shows on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2024.

Dearest Haley brings the history of Blackfriars to life with on-the-spot micro poetry performances. The poems will also incorporate thoughts and responses as you explore the 13th-century building. Afterwards, you’ll receive a handwritten copy of the poem as a memento.

Haley is a sculptor who specialises in digital and physical mediums. With expertise in virtual reality and a keen eye for found materials, they use first-hand experience and secondary references to research and uncover overlooked narratives, creating works that spark curiosity and wonder in the viewer.

In their art, Haley explores the concept of reproduction, utilising tools like 3D printing to turn digital sculptures into physical ones and photogrammetry to turn physical sculptures into digital ones. This interplay between the digital and physical realms is a central theme in Haley’s work, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of art.

Performers, writers, and composers Tim Dalling, Jeremy Bradfield, and Faye MacCalman present a video projection, ballad song, and immersive soundscape charting the history of Blackfriars. Expect the weird and wonderful, with looped saxophonic soundscapes, using traditional biblical mystery stories as three people tell the history of a city.

Tim Dalling has worked as a performer, accordionist, songwriter and director and has lived in Newcastle since 1987. For 25 years, he was one-third of the famous Old Rope String Band. He has worked with Kneehigh, Emma Rice’s Wise Children, and Sally Cookson. On Tyneside, he has worked with Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Theatre Sans Frontieres and Kitchen Zoo.

Jeremy Bradfield is a video artist, composer and sound designer, specialising in video installation that responds to sound and theatrical storytelling. Jeremy has created bespoke work for Northern Stage, Star & Shadow Cinema and Alphabetti Theatre. Most recently, he performed a piece called Beneath Us for North Pennines AONB, a site-specific subterranean performance for the public in Nenthead Mines.

Faye MacCalman is a performer, composer-songwriter and improviser on saxophone, clarinet, voice and electronics. Faye fuses experimental songwriting with free-weaving melodies and rhythms, drawing on jazz, blues, folk and rock music inspired by raw, under-the-surface emotional worlds and magical realism. Faye is the current artist in residence at The Glasshouse ICM and performs as a solo artist and as bandleader of jazz-art-rock adventurers Archipelago, nominated for UK Jazz Act of the Year in the Jazz FM Awards. As a collaborator, Faye has played with Arun Ghosh, Maximo Park, The Unthanks and David Brewis (Field Music).

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