A sequence of five new songs inspired from Devon’s most famous literary daughter, created by Trio of Men and presented each evening of the festival. Agatha Christie was a composer and a musician in her youth. What if she had pursued music? What would her songs have sounded like? Would she have filled them with mysteries and puzzles as she did her novels? We re-imagine Agatha Christie and the music she might have created. Surprising, delicate, energetic and insurmountable, each song will feature different elements and voices – including creative community choir ‘The Choral Engineers’, singer Meg Searle, technologies old and new.
Trio of Men are Hugh Nankivell and Steve Sowden. Based in Torbay, their artistic partnership has resulted in projects and performances regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2015, they devised and directed ‘The Heaviside Condition’ re-imagining the life of local eccentric genius Victorian engineer and mathematician Oliver Heaviside as a shamanic pantomime. They worked on the music for the award-nominated National Theatre of Scotland project ‘Ignition’ directed by Wils Wilson, and created film and music for “Earth Echoes”, the International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks 2016 Opening Ceremony. Most recently, they curated ‘Invoking 50 Articles’, a choral response to Brexit with the creative community choir The Choral Engineers.