Brand New One Woman Musical Quest
Book and Lyrics: Anne-Marie Piazza
Music and Lyrics: Darren Clark
We all grew up with monsters.
We were told we’d imagined them.
They were merely shadows cast by the light.
But some of them were real. Some of them stayed with us.
“Go forth and slay” is a one woman musical quest into the dark, facing down those monsters and dragging them into the light. We will follow our Dragon slayer Emrys as she lives in two concurrent times: In the here & now, and the ancient mythology of Cymru.
About the Piece
How do we transform our personal trauma into something powerful that we can harness rather than be overwhelmed by? Our greatest daemons live within us. “Go Forth And Slay” is a one woman musical quest through pain to self discovery that speaks to the power of the feminine. Over the course of 70 minutes, Anne-Marie will delve deep into the stories that have make her who she is, a journey that will explore our own personal mythologies and how to take ownership of our narrative in a world that increasingly tells us what we should believe.
Blending these stories into a world of fantastical mythology involving the Celtic legends of Anne-Marie’s Welsh background, Clark and Piazza will rip open the fabric of myth itself and discover why the stories we tell ourselves hold such power over us.
Using extraordinary storytelling and a menagerie of instruments, the aim is that all the music will either be played live or have been recorded by Anne-Marie herself so that this truly is a one woman journey that will be dark, funny, beautiful and fearsome in equal measure.
About the creators
Writer of the book and performer
Writer of the book and performer Writer of the book and performer Anne-Marie Piazza trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and her credits include Day of the Living (RSC), The Beauty Parade (Wales Millennium Centre), work for BBC Radio and the Globe .On Stage, she has received Best Actress Offie and My Theatre Award nominations, and as a voiceover artist has won two Golden Earphone Awards for narration. Anne-Marie is also a multi-instrumentalist which she uses both as a song writer and lyricist as well as to record for many leading theatres such as The National Theatre, York Theatre Royal and Southwark Playhouse.
Darren Clark is a multi award winning Composer and Lyricist whose shows include the sold out, critically acclaimed “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “These Trees Are Made of Blood”. His new musical in development “The Wicker Husband” was selected to be showcased at the Prestigious NAMT Festival in New York and has won several awards including the Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award.
Clark and Piazza have been good friends and worked together for over 6 years on various projects including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Day of the Living” and “These Trees Are Made of Blood” (Arcola/Southwark Playhouse).