Hello and thank you for taking the time to engage with our exciting campaign, Conundrum!
Crying in the Wilderness Productions (CITWP) is dedicated to producing groundbreaking theatre productions that will enthrall our audiences and enrich the theatrical landscape of the UK. In addition, our company also creates exciting opportunities for Young People to have greater access to the arts as performers, creatives and managers.
HISTORY OF OUR PROJECT:
Over the past three years we have been researching our new play, Conundrum, which will be premiered at the Young Vic Theatre in May 2020.
Our joyous heartfelt drama gives our audience an extraordinary insight into the tremendous capacity of the human spirit. This remarkable story revolves around our lead character, Fidel, who we will witness grappling with the debilitating effects of his mental illness. As tensions over his condition increases, Fidel embarks upon an epic journey to find the answers to life's most fundamental question - Who am I and why am I here?
Portrayed through drama, dance and music our dynamic brand of theatre has been hailed by critics in the past as, 'stunning, compelling, breath-taking, gripping, intelligent, visceral, beautiful and comprehensively original’.
Image by Sarah Hickson
The aim of our production is to promote new discussions around the topic of mental health. For far too long we have been bombarded by the media with negative imagery of Mental illness. Rarely are we exposed to positive examples of ordinary people overcoming their condition. These are the types of inspirational stories that we will be sharing with our audience.
THE ARTISTIC TEAM:
The musical quartet for our play Conundrum, includes the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalists, Byron Wallen and the highly celebrated Sarangi soloist, Surinder Sandhu.
Surinder Sandhu, Paul Shanti Jayasinha, Byron Wallen
www.soundcloud.com/citwp (Featured on the link are 2 tracks of the play, Disintegration & Loves at first sight)
Byron is an accomplished Composer and Musician. His original scores have been commissioned by the BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Center, The National Theatre, Arts Council England, FIFA, The Science Museum, PRS, and Sage Gateshead. Byron has also composed sound-scapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones. He is recognised as, “one of the most innovative trumpet players alive, a seminal figure in world jazz”. www.byronwallen.co.uk
Surinder is a world class ‘Sarangi’ player and a former student of Sabri Khan of the Senia Rampur Moradabad Gharana. He is one of the most talented ‘Sarangi’ soloists in the Western hemisphere. Surinder’s collaborations involve, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Guitar Legend, Steve Vai, Saxophonist, Andy Sheppard, Trombonist, Dennis Rollins, African Kora maestro, Tunde Jegede and many other eminent soloists. www.surindersandhu.co.uk
Paul Shanti Jayasinha studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has recorded with; Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Watson, Tim Garland, The Brand New Heavies, The Stereo-phonics, Basement Jaxx, Buena Vista Social Club, Ruben Gonzales, Frank Emilio Flynn’s, ‘Los Amigos’, Matt Bianco, Wayne Shorter, the BBC Concert Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Alex Wilson, the Afro-Cuban All-stars, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler and the legendary jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis. www.shantijazz.com
Ant Law has played in Tim Garland's band with Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis, featuring on 'Songs To The North Sky', 'Return To The Fire' and 'ONE', which was shortlisted for a Grammy and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He is a member of Trio HLK who record and tour with Dame Evelyn Glennie. He has also worked with Cory Henry, Thomas Gould and is frequently featured in “Total Guitar" and “Guitar Techniques" magazines, in which he was recently listed as an “Astounding Virtuoso". www.antlaw.co.uk
The actors for our production includes Offwestend Best Actor nominee, Anthony Ofoegbu.
Anthony was nominated in 2015/16 for his performance in the celebrated Athol Fugard play, 'My Children My Africa'. Over the past 20 years Anthony has worked with some of the most iconic theatre makers and practitioners such as the: Noble Prize winner Wole Soyinka, Jude Kelly CBE, Paulette Randall MBE, Stephen Berkoff, the RSC’S Angus Jackson, Iqbal Khan, Blanche Mcintyre and Bijan Sheibani. He has also appeared in feature films such as Moon Fleet and Bad Day in which he starred. Prior to his performance in Conundrum in 2020, Anthony appeared in the internationally acclaimed tour of the celebrated National Theatre production, Barbershop Chronicles. www.jamesfosterltd.co.uk/talent/anthony-ofoegbu
Rachel Summers trained at A.L.R.A and The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, receiving an Acting Diploma and Masters-Degree in Screen Acting. Rachel’s film credits are, Calloused Hands, with Actor Andre Royo and Actress Daisy Haggard and the teen horror, The Coven. She has also worked frequently in theatre over the past 8 years and has featured in many TV commercials. Rachel also has an impressive track record as a Voice Over artist. www.spotlight.com/6530-7868-6990
George Siena is a multi-lingual actor fluent in English, French, Greek and Spanish. He has worked at the Young Vic Theatre, The English National Opera, The National Theatre (UK), Riverside Studios, The Cock Pit Theatre and other national theatres in Greece, Cyprus and Berlin. www.spotlight/interactive/cv/2254-6728-8987
HOW WE WILL USE YOUR DONATIONS
Our original plan was to record the music for our show and run it as a soundtrack. However, in our last workshop in 2017, the music was performed 'live' to the delight of our audience. Therefore, we will use the crowdfunding revenue to enable our musicians to perform the music 'live' throughout the entire run.This will also empower our supporters to validate, to family and friends, the merits and importance of their donations.
It is hoped that our enlightened approach towards portraying mental health will help to reverse the scaremongering that prevents women, men and children from wanting to seek professional help and guidance.
Conundrum will receive its world premiere at the Young Vic Theatre from 9th May - 30th May 2020 www.youngvic.org/whats-on/conundrum