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The Cabinet opens!

Martyn Jacques presents his first solo show, a soundtrack to the iconic, silent film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at Soho Theatre in London. The first show is on Weds 25th July and tickets are available here. You can read an interview with Martyn about the show on Run Riot here. An excerpt from the interview is below. Book now - the Cabinet is opening!

RR: What is it about the era before 'talkies' that captivates your imagination?

MJ: I don't really like 'talkies'. Silent films seem far more magical. I also love the feeling that you're watching ghosts. The stars of that era are all long dead. All that's left are their ghostly images. Florence De Jong, my organ teacher, is also long dead (she died in 1990 aged 96). I'm 53 and she was very old in my early teens. She played the theatre organ and was a kind of gothic Liberace of her age. She had a white streak in her hair ala Elsa Lanchester in Brides of Frankenstein. She was a big star, she made gramophone records. I was a bit scared of her as a spotty adolescent in 70's clothes. She toured all over England playing the grand theatre organs of the time. She was very glamorous and she wore exotic costumes when she performed!

RR: Will you be using vocals in your score?

MJ: Yes - I have composed a score and written a long impressionistic verse which I sing. I've edited it to fit the images of the film. I use quotes from existing Tiger Lillies songs and there are improvised gypsy style passages. There won't be other live theatrics though - it's a great film. Hopefully I can highlight that greatness with my music.

Martyn Jacques presents his first solo show a soundtrack to the iconic, silent film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari at Soho Theatre in London. The first show is on Weds 25th July and tickets are available here. You can read an interview with Martyn about the show on Run Riot here. An excerpt from the interview is below.

RR: What is it about the era before 'talkies' that captivates your imagination?

MJ: I don't really like 'talkies'. Silent films seem far more magical. I also love the feeling that you're watching ghosts. The stars of that era are all long dead. All that's left are their ghostly images. Florence De Jong, my organ teacher, is also long dead (she died in 1990 aged 96). I'm 53 and she was very old in my early teens. She played the theatre organ and was a kind of gothic Liberace of her age. She had a white streak in her hair ala Elsa Lanchester in Brides of Frankenstein. She was a big star, she made gramophone records. I was a bit scared of her as a spotty adolescent in 70's clothes. She toured all over England playing the grand theatre organs of the time. She was very glamorous and she wore exotic costumes when she performed!

RR: Will you be using vocals in your score?

MJ: Yes - I have composed a score and written a long impressionistic verse which I sing. I've edited it to fit the images of the film. I use quotes from existing Tiger Lillies songs and there are improvised gypsy style passages. There won't be other live theatrics though - it's a great film. Hopefully I can highlight that greatness with my music.

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