1st January 1995

the gogmagogs

"an astonishing virtuosic show that has pushed back the boundaries of classical music" The Guardian

the gogmagogs were founded in 1995 by the theatre director Lucy Bailey and violinist Nell Catchpole through their common desire to release the physical expression of the classical musician. The company’s work received huge acclaim for its combination of virtuoso string playing, dynamic physical movement and inventive, groundbreaking theatre.  The shows, devised and directed by Lucy and performed by seven young string players, all explored different ways, from the poetic to the absurd, of involving the whole of the body and personality of the player.   the gogmagogs created seven shows in close collaboration with 21 composers from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds.  Their shows played to packed audiences at the ICA, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith, and Bridewell Theatres in London, and to venues throughout the UK, as well as touring to festivals in Sydney, Toronto, Sao Paolo, New York, Seoul, Singapore, Boston, and across Europe .

best Music Event of 2000   New York Time Out

what really impressed me was the virtuosity of this talented group and the endlessly inventive staging by Lucy Bailey, the director  The Times

the most entertaining music theatre I’ve seen in years  The Independent

excellent…count me a fan…outstanding  Evening Standard

astonishing…brilliantly funny…  The Guardian

guaranteed to lift the spirits- this is a wonderful show  The Independent

This one will run and run  Sydney Telegraph

an entirely captivating marriage of musical and theatrical performance   The Times

great music, great imagination, great to have them Gigagain  The Herald, Scotland

the gogmagogs do for classical music what last years Tap Dogs did for dance, only much, much better  The Independent

the gogmagogs appeal as much to the eye - and often the funnybone - as the ear  Time Out

this is a novel hybrid that compromises none of its elements...  Independent on Sunday

an astonishing virtuosic show that has pushed back the boundaries of

classical music   The Guardian

 

Company Members:

Matthew Baker

Alison Dods

Ursula Gough

Aleksey Igudesman

Daisy Jopling

David Lasserson

David LePage

Helen Lieben

Jennymay Logan

Laura Moody

Desmond Neysmith

Matthew Sharp

Lucy Shaw

Tristan Schultz

Matthew Ward

 

Composers:

Django Bates

Roger Eno

Evelyn Ficarra

Jane Gardner

Orlando Gough

Neil Innes

Billy Jenkins

Gerard McBurney

Saied Murad

Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo

Tristan Schultz

Roddy Skeaping

Luke Stoneham

John Tavener

Keith Tippett

Haukur Tomasson

Errollyn Wallen

Stephen Warbeck

Mike Westbrook

 

the gog’s log

1995 - 1996

Introducing the gogmagogs

Developed in 1995 and first performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in October of that year, followed by three nights at the Purcell Room, the Edinburgh Festival and a run at the Royal Court, Christmas 1996.

devised and directed by Lucy Bailey

designed by Paul Andrews

composers: Roger Eno, Jane Gardner, Luke Stoneham, Tristan Schultze, Errollyn Wallen and Stephen Warbeck.

performers: Ursula Gough, Aleksey Igudesman, Daisy Jopling, violin; Nell Catchpole, viola; Matt Sharp, Tristan Schultz, 'cello; Lucy Shaw, double bass.

 

1997 - 1999

the gogmagogs gigagain

Commissioned by The City of London Festival and played for two weeks at the Bridewell Theatre in June 1997, before touring to various festivals.  Seven composers were invited from as far afield as Madagascar, Palestine, USA and Iceland.

devised and directed by Lucy Bailey

designed by Simon Vincenzi

composers: Evelyn Ficarra, Jane Gardner, Said Murad, Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo, John Tavener, Haukur Tomasson and Mike Westbrook.

performers: Alison Dods, Dave LePage, Helene Lieben, violin; Nell Catchpole, viola; Chris Allan, Matt Sharp 'cello; Lucy Shaw, double bass.

 

1997

the gogmagogs a'go-go

Commissioned by the South Bank Centre, London as part of the British Festival of Visual Theatre and presented for 4 performances at the Purcell Room in November 1997.  The composers performed alongside the gogmagogs and each piece was created to overlap the next.

devised and directed by Lucy Bailey

designed by Anine Kopperud

composers: Billy Jenkins (electric/accoustic guitar), Said Murad (percussion), Keith Tippett (keyboard), Errollyn Wallen (keyboard/vocals).

performers: Alison Dods, Dave LePage, Matthew Ward, violin; Nell Catchpole, viola; Chris Allan, Matt Sharp 'cello; Lucy Shaw, double bass.

 

 

1999 - 2001

the gogmagogs gobbledygook

Commissioned by the City of London Festival 1999 followed by two weeks at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival.  It then ran for 3 weeks at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, toured the UK for 5 weeks, and Brazil for a week.  This show ran at the Miller Theatre in New York for two weeks in November 2000 and will tour in the US autumn 2001.

conceived and directed by Lucy Bailey

designed by Naomi Wilkinson

This was the first time the company worked with writers as well as composers and five teams were commissioned: Orlando Gough and Caryl Churchill, Django Bates and Patrick Barlow, Gerard McBurney and Zinovy Zinik, Roddy Skeaping and Rupert Sheldrake, and Neil Innes.

Performers: Nell Catchpole, Alison Dods, Matthew Ward, violin; David Lasserson, viola; Chris Allan, Matt Sharp 'cello; Lucy Shaw, double bass.

 

2000 -

The Fool

Commissioned by the gogmagogs and the Royal Festival Hall, London.  Performed as part of the Norwich and Norfolk Festival and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre as part of their 'Ikons of Light' Festival celebrating the work of John Tavener. The Fool  is a contemporary parable for salvation and deals with the meaning of life and death through the portrait of a “Fool for Christ”.

 

music by John Tavener

text by Mother Thekla

directed by Lucy Bailey

designed by Bunny Christie

The part of 'the fool' was performed by Matt Sharp of the gogmagogs

performered by: Nell Catchpole, Alison Dods, Matthew Ward, violin; David Lasserson, viola; Chris Allan, cello; Matt Sharp, 'cello/baritone; Lucy Shaw, double bass. The gogmagogs were joined by a choir of 25: In Norwich, Viva Voce.  In

London, Pegasus.

 

2001

Troy Town

conceived and directed by Lucy Bailey

designed by Angela Davies

composed and performed  by Nell Catchpole, Alison Dods, Matthew Ward, violin; David Lasserson, viola; Chris Allan, cello; Matt Sharp, 'cello; Lucy Shaw, double bass.

The story is about seven contenders who are all searching for a way out of a  modern labyrinth. In exploring the mystery of the maze Troy Town incorporates elements of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the ancient legend of Theseus and the Minotaur and the computer game Tomb Raider. This was the first show where there were no commissioned composers. The company gave three performances in May 2001 as part of BAC's The Sharp Intake of Music. Following a short tour in the UK Troy Town returns to London for a two week run at the Riverside in November 2001.