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WORLD PREMIERE, LEITH THEATRE EDINBURGH, November 10 - 16, 2018

At the heart of this is The Tiger Lillies, the pasty-faced junkyard cabaret trio led by Martyn Jacques, who becomes a grotesquely captivating MC of sorts. With the band onstage throughout, their newly composed set of narrative vignettes sung by Jacques add an even darker layer of malevolence to a show that may be as overwhelmingly fractured as the war that sired it, but leaves its audience quietly shell-shocked by such a mighty theatrical feat.
— Neil Cooper, Herald Scotland
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First published a hundred years ago, The Last Days of Mankind is one of the most important works by the uncompromising and fearless Austrian satirical writer Karl Kraus. The play was written in reaction to the horrors of the First World War and to highlight the widespread corruption and hypocrisy that brought an end to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It used an innovative combination of textual collage, made up of quotations from political speeches, newspaper editorials and responses from the public, together with verse and comic interludes, to depict a society blithely marching on to its self-destruction and urged along all the way by big business, hapless diplomacy and a warmongering press. As an apocalyptic drama it is a fierce condemnation of events at the time, but has remained relevant ever since and has been adapted for stage and screen on many occasions. For the pan-European production at Edinburgh's Leith Theatre the Tiger Lillies were invited to perform alongside the actors, in a theatre space transformed into a turn-of-the-century Viennese cafe, and Martyn has also written new songs inspired by the biting sarcasm and absurdity, the black humour and inhumanity of the original.

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The Last Days of Mankind co-directed by Scottish director John Paul McGroarty and Yuri Birte Anderson from Theaterlabor Germany and performed by a European cast featuring actors from Scotland, Germany, Poland, Serbia, France, Ukraine, Poland, Ireland and England,

In a stroke of genius, the fabulously dark thread of the Tiger Lillies is strongly woven through the script as their lead singer Martyn Jacques narrates and sings, with a wonderful cynical sneer, the songs, inspired by the work of Kraus, that he composed for the show.
— Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide


November 10 - 16, 2018 Leith Theatre Edinburgh United Kingdom

Venue is wheelchair accessible.

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The Tiger Lillies in New York!

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The Tiger Lillies take a bite of the big apple this week when they perform their first shows in several years in New York City. The band will perform songs from their forthcoming 30th anniversary album. In this new show the Lillies take you on a trip in to to the Devil’s Fairground where temptation and sin await - will you survive to tell the tale or be seduced by the Golem?

The gigs take place from the 2nd to 5th November at Joe’s Pub, on Friday and Saturday there will be two shows per night, booking links are on the TOUR section of the site.

The Last Days of Mankind featuring The Tiger Lillies!

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The Last Days of Mankind Featuring The Tiger Lillies

WORLD PREMIERE

One of the most important and significant plays of our time reopens Leith Theatre. Leith Theatre is proud to present The Last Days of Mankind, the epic anti-war satire by Viennese writer Karl Kraus, as its first full scale major production in over 20 years. The play will preview on Saturday 10 November, followed by the World Premiere opening on Sunday 11 November and run until Friday 16 November. The Last Days of Mankind will be co-directed by Scottish director John Paul McGroarty and Yuri Birte Anderson from Theaterlabor Germany and performed by a European cast featuring actors from Scotland, Germany, Poland, Serbia, France, Ukraine, Poland, Ireland and England,

In addition, the Olivier award winning cabaret artists The Tiger Lillies have written ten new songs for the production and will perform alongside the European actors in the magnificent Leith Theatre. Martyn Jacques’ new songs are inspired by the work of Kraus and will be performed by The Tiger Lillies appearing on stage alongside the actors. The auditorium will be transformed into a Viennese cafe with cabaret style seating evoking the atmosphere of fin de siècle Vienna. Martyn Jacques said he was finding plenty of inspiration in The Last Days of Mankind.

“I have already done an album about the war poets – but this is very different. They were heartbroken young men waiting to die. This one is very much more sarcastic. It is humour but very black humour and of the kind I love. It is really perfect for The Tiger Lillies.”

Director John Paul McGroarty said:

“Kraus was one of the few artists who kept working through the war, he was writing away, taking in newspaper clippings, writing about things as they happened. He made a docudrama 100 years before anyone had a thought of a docudrama.”

Co-director Yuri Birte Anderson added: “Theaterlabor came here first in 2015. Leith Theatre’s main auditorium wasn’t open and we did workshops in Leith Dockers Club. Kraus was a Viennese satirist, very controversial and he recorded everything he heard and turned it into a mega docudrama. Kraus perfectly manages to capture the war discourse of his time - the feverish war craze that seems over the top to us nowadays, but it was real. This will be truly European Theatre." There was no full English translation of the play available, so this will be the Scottish premiere of a new translation by Patrick Healy, Irish Joycean, poet, philosopher and professor. Patrick Healy said:

“It is an extraordinary honour that they are using my translation. There never was a complete translation and without a translation you can’t get a complete view of what is going on.”

1988 saw the last major theatrical production in Leith Theatre. It is now run by Leith Theatre Trust, and slowly being restored. This year it was used by the Edinburgh International Festival to stage a series of concerts and played host for events by poetry collective Neu! Reekie! and is a base for the hugely popular Hidden Doors festival. Mike Griffiths, the play’s Executive Producer and a director of Leith Theatre Trust said:

“This is a hugely ambitious production but one which seems appropriate to the rebirth of Leith Theatre. The theatre has also been a victim of war, so it seems fitting to present this satire of war and its destruction here in Leith as part of our commemoration of the end of another world war.”

Other artistic companies involved in the project are Teatr A Part (Poland), Plavo Pozoriste (Serbia), Association Arsène (France), Smashing Times (Ireland), Kultura Medialna (Ukraine). In addition to The Last Days of Mankind Leith Theatre will also host Café Europa, a series of performances, talks and demonstrations led by Siegmar Schroeder, Artistic Director of Theaterlabor. Local actors, young people and community groups will be encouraged to take part in the programme which will explore themes of war, conflict, Europe and political engagement. The production has been made possible with support from Creative Europe and Creative Scotland

November 10 - 16, 2018 Leith Theatre Edinburgh United Kingdom

Venue is wheelchair accessible.

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ORCHESTRA SHOWS IN PRAGUE - NEW CD COMING SOON!

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On the 26th and 27th September in Prague The Tiger Lillies will perform two live shows and record a new album ‘The Devil’s Fairground’, performing with the contemporary Berg Orchestra.

Inspired by the band’s wild nineties when Prague was their first foreign destination. The Tiger Lillies played to prostitues and gypsies in squats and pubs, they travelled around the whole of the Czech Republic, sleeping on people’s floors and writing the music that would eventually lead them to them becoming the acclaimed band they are today, touring all over the world.

Featuring songs of nostalgia, irony, crude humour and immense beauty The Devil’s Fairground also celebrates the band’s 30th anniversary in 2019. With more than a year of collaboration between The Tiger Lillies’s lead singer and song writer Martyn Jacques and Michal Nejtek, who has created the symphonic arrangements, the result is a stunning and unique work which will be premiered at the Archa Theatre.


Following the recording of Devil’s Fairgound the band will begin to premiere their new music in Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and in a long awaited return to New York where they will perform at Joe’s Pub at the beginning of November.

The Tiger Lillies in Berlin!

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The Tiger Lillies are back in Berlin!

The Grammy nominated Godfathers of alternative cabaret are returning to one of their favourite cities - Berlin, to perform their only concert of 2018 at The Admiralspalast.The band will premiere brand new songs and invite you to take a trip into the Devil’s Fairground (their forthcoming new album) where temptation and sin await. The set will also include material from their most recent release Corrido de la Sangre and fan favourites from their 29 year-long career!

One of the most provocative and genre-defying bands you could come across, the world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. Mixing pre-war Berlin cabaret with anarchic opera and gypsy music, their songs echo the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel.

Performing all over the world the band has collaborated with circus performers and Shakespearean actors; experimental dancers and avant-garde photographers; burlesque puppeteers and classical music ensembles, winning an Olivier Award for their West End musical Shockheaded Peter along the way.

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Greek Tour in June!

We are coming to Greece on a six-stop tour with  The Very Worst of the Tiger Lillies!

 

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We will be playing at:

Tuesday, June 19              Veakio Theatre - Piraeus

Wednesday, June 20        Forest Theatre - Thessaloniki

Thursday, June 21             Its Kale Acropolis - Ioannina

Friday, June 22                  Roman Auditorium - Patras

Saturday, June 23             Technopolis Theatre - Heraklion, Crete

Sunday, June 24                Vrachon Theatre - Athens

 

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The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in Cardiff!

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On the 15th  June The Tiger Lillies will appear  in Cardiff as part of the Festival of Voice. In a rare UK outing they will appear in the critically acclaimed 'The Ballad of Sexual Dependency' a stunning, live soundtrack to the award winning suite of photos by legendary photographer Nan Goldin,

Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a deeply personal photographic narrative, formed out of the artist’s own experiences around Boston, New York and Berlin’s demi-monde, in the late 1970s, 1980s, and beyond.

Just brilliant and utterly fantastic! You’ll never hear more perverse and twisted as well as haunting and sorrowful songs
— Marc Almond

The godfathers of alternative cabaret the Tiger Lillies, perform a live soundtrack for the Ballad, one continuous piece of music that evolves and underscores the beauty, pain, joy, tragedy and sorrow of relationships and startling images by Nan Goldin.

The forty-five slide show, including over 700 images and a sound track, functions like a film. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, constantly re-edited and updated, began its public life on the club circuit in New York City and has since been shown at museums, galleries, film festivals, and alternative spaces the world over.

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CORRIDO DE LA SANGRE PREMIERE!

 HOME Manchester, 20 April - 5 May 2018

A Mexican setting provides the backdrop for this brand new cycle of songs and its stage show, as the Tiger Lillies embark on a Latin vacation that takes a turn for the worst.

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An orphan, barely twelve years old, in a dusty, one-horse town... the beautiful Maria, and the drug baron who really shouldn’t have crossed her... strange, furtive rituals and mysterious characters who may be alive, or not, amidst the wild din of the Day of the Dead that swirls all around them... ¿que pasa? What can it all mean...? If only there was a glimpse of poncho and the stench of an evil-smelling cheroot we would know where we were, even a pocket-watch or a distant whistle on the wind... but no, that sound, it’s like Hell’s house-band is playing, and so it is: the Tiger Lillies are going down Mexico way.

Seemingly abducted from their latest touring performances, the band, or perhaps it is the oddly familiar Los Flores del Tigre, wind up in a disreputable outpost near the Mexican border where the singer starts to tell his sorry tale. In these story-telling songs, his corridos, we hear about the tough life he suffered from the start, as a child accordionist playing bars to try and earn enough for a crust of empanada, before a couple of other lost mariachis joined him and together they were given an offer they couldn’t refuse: to sing the praises of the local drug lord. Older now, his heart is inflamed by Maria, who is also being kept at the hacienda, and in his youthful passion he resolves to free her and demonstrate his noble spirit. But Maria is also loved by the wicked crone, who lays a curse on our hero, and thus caught up in such a web of intrigue and emotion there is no escape for him and his compadres. Yet no story like this would be complete without revenge, and eventually we come to understand that the festival of the Day of the Dead is here to be taken very literally indeed.

These songs of murder, retribution and lost love make up the album, which is also the soundtrack for the new, full-length stage show, “Corrido de la Sangre”, presented by HOME and given its world premiere on 20 April, the same day the album is released. The show features projected sets and startling visuals courtesy of regular Tiger Lillies amigo Mark Holthusen (Haunted Palace, Rime of the Ancient Mariner etc.), alongside original music from the Olivier Award-winning and Grammy-nominated trio, widely celebrated and enduringly popular for their distinctive sound that marries high-art cabaret with sordid depravity.

Martyn Jacques’s singing and performance on accordion, piano, harmonica, organ, ukulele or guitar is accompanied as ever by Adrian Stout’s multi-instrument playing, on bass, euphonium and musical saw, plus sepulchral backing vocals; drum duty is handled by Andreas Winter, with guest spots from Jacques and also Timm Brockmann, the master of the mix. For that essential extra quality, Christian Krille plays trumpet on just over half the tracks.

WILTON'S MUSIC HALL

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The Tiger Lillies will perform a two-week run at the stunning Wilton's Music Hall in London this May. Performing material from their forthcoming album The Devil's Fairground, their new song cycle Corrido de la Sangre and classic favourites from their long career the Grammy nominated band will bring London's oldest surving music hall to eerie life.

Ticket links are on the TOUR section of the site and HERE

One of the most provocative and genre-defying bands you could come across, the world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. Mixing pre-war Berlin cabaret with anarchic opera and gypsy music, their songs echo the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel.

Performing all over the world the band has collaborated with circus performers and Shakespearean actors; experimental dancers and avant-garde photographers; burlesque puppeteers and classical music ensembles, winning an Olivier Award for their West End musical Shockheaded Peter along the way.

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Corrido de la Sangre - A NEW SHOW PREMIERE IN APRIL!

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Part of: Our new Spring – Summer 2018 Season , ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2018

Fri 20 Apr 2018 – Sat 5 May 2018

A Corrido singer and his band return from the realm of the dead to haunt their killer and tell us their dark story of intrigue, vengeance, murder and the mayhem of a romance gone bad.

This new, full-length show blends stunning visuals with original music from the Grammy-nominated godfathers of alternative cabaret, The Tiger Lillies.

Set in a small dusty town in the lands between Mexico and the US, the singer relays the tale of his rise and fall and the songs of life at the border, where mythical creatures from Aztec times still haunt the night.

This is a realm where folklore and real life merge, where you can meet a knight, an evil king, a damsel in distress and the Saint of the Sinners. Anything is possible. Just don’t believe everything you hear… Greater Manchester Arts Centre (HOME) is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund