Sister is a 2-act, musically-driven show about a brother and sister, who live on opposite sides of the world, and so only speak over the phone/internet. When we meet them, the brother, a painter, is pre-paring for his first solo show– an exhibition drawing on their childhood. Sister is about the intensity, power-play and emotional landscape of a sibling relationship, set against the backdrop of his anxiety, her propensity for stretching the truth, and the shadows of their shared memories. Sister will be written for 2 actor/singers, an eight-piece improvising chamber orchestra and abstract textural visuals. We’re joined by Sheffield-based dramaturg Elin Schofield in developing Sister, and are excited to welcome our cast – Matthew Durkin as Brother, and Eva Scott as Sister.
Ulita is a new Northern voice in music-driven theatre, focused on creating immersive, visceral work from unexpected points of view. Its core members are lead writer/composer Nishla Smith, composer/musical director Tom Harris, and visual artist/designer Luca Shaw, each well-established artists in their own fields.
The Ulita team first came together on ‘What Happened to Agnes’, a visually distinctive staged song cycle commissioned by Opera North, and developed by Opera North, Leeds Playhouse, and HOME Mcr. ‘Agnes’ toured the UK in Spring 2020 with support from Arts Council England, and will be part of the British Council’s UK/AUSTRALIA season for 2022.
Our current projects are ‘The Secret Elevator’, a digital micro-commission for Lancaster Jazz Festival, blending poetry, music and art; and ‘Sister’ a 2-act musically-driven play, set for performance in late 2022. ‘Sister’ received funding for its R&D period through the Develop Your Creative Practice fund, and has recently been awarded an ACE Lottery Projects grant for upcoming development workshops at Snape Maltings as part of Britten Pears Arts’ residencies programme. The show has been picked up by Mercury Music Theatre for BEAM, a showcase of new British musical theatre.
We’re looking forward to partnering with Olympias Music Foundation later this year to develop a new community-focused piece of staged work here in our home-town of Manchester.
As a collective, Ulita is interested in creating authentic, multi-sensory performance experiences, blurring the genre boundaries between theatre, music and visual art. We focus on exploring unfamiliar viewpoints and stories, and enjoy bending the fragile line between reality and the imagination. Our work style is collaborative, and we reject hierarchical structures. We strive for our work to be inclusive and accessible, and are committed to balancing our community-facing and performance projects.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
CAST – SISTER
CAST – BROTHER
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