Goal: "Something for everyone"
In trying to attain its goal, Ensemble presents a wide ranging programme of musical theatre. Traditionally this has consisted of three sections in both halves:
Over the years, however, Ensemble has developed several programmes, including:
In the late 1980's and early 1990's Ensemble frequently performed at the National Trust for Scotland properties at Kellie Castle, near Anstruther, and Hill of Tarvit House, near Cupar. These provided ideal venues to develop a Victorian programme where the first half was set in the Victorian drawing room and the second in the Music Hall, with our very own Leonard Sachs. In fact, Hill of Tarvit House dates from the Edwardian period so it was a natural evolution for Ensemble to develop an Edwardian programme.
A Viennese Evening
Music from the operetta's of Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, Oscar Strauss, Carl Zeller and even Noel Coward - with "Bitter Sweet".
A Murder Mystery
Written by two Glasgow University students in the early 80's The Deadly Medley, subtitled Your Hundred Best Tunes Murdered takes well known tunes with modified words and weaves them into an intriguing murder mystery which, in the space of 45 minutes, is solved by "the Detective" .....or is it!?
The New Vicar
This romantic tale is set, at the turn of the last century, in the home of the Adams Family hosts of a soiree for the newly appointed vicar. Each of the female guests has designs on the bachelor vicar for themselves, for a close relative or for a friend. Set in a wee village near you, who will win the heart of the unsuspecting vicar?
An Evening with Ivor Novello
Born in 1893 near Cardiff, Ivor Novello's career saw him work as an actor, singer, composer, songwriter, screen writer, playwright and producer. He found fame and fortune when only 21 by writing "Keep The Home Fires Burning" and after a career in silent films (he was described in America as "The British Valentino") and talkies he found yet more fame with his own unique brand of musicals which included Glamorous Night, Dancing Years and King's Rhapsody. Ensemble's evening tells, in word and song, of the glamorous career of Ivor Novello.
photograph courtesy of Kingdom Images
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