As part of the nationwide BFI Season Sci Fi – Days of Wonder, Cinecity Brighton, staged a live version of John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos, inspiration for cult film The Village of the Damned (1960). I devised live music and foley for this performance, incorporating theremin, carillon, vocalists, ‘cello and other acoustic instruments with live electronics. I performed this with ‘cellist Bela Emerson, percussionist Stephen Hiscock and vocal duo Lutine. The show consisted of set piece music and tightly structured extemporisations.
In this live reimagining of Wyndham’s sci fi novel, the story was performed on stage by actors, as though in a live radio play. As the story unfolded, we used live music and foley to conjure the uneasy atmosphere of Midwich, a village whose fate is sealed during a mysterious blackout when every living is rendered unconscious by an unknown force.
This event was produced by Cinecity Brighton, in partnership with Film Archive South East and the BFI. It was directed by David Battcock.
Friday 5 December 2014
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton