Jan Tait and the Bear 2018

29 August 2018

Catherine Backhouse and Brian McBride in Ensemble Thing's Jan Tait and the Bear

Here are some great photos by Kinagram Limited of Ensemble Thing’s recent performances of Emily Doolittle’s opera Jan Tait and the Bear, which I conducted. In August we gave six performances of the piece at Summerhall, Edinburgh, as part of the 2018 Made in Scotland Showcase.

Alan McHugh as the Narrator in Ensemble Thing's Jan Tait and the Bear.

The production starred Catherine Backhouse as Jan Tait, Brian McBride in a multitude of roles, and Alan McHugh as the narrator. It was directed by Stasi Schaeffer.

Brian McBride as Sigurd in Ensemble Thing's Jan Tait and the Bear.

The band, costumed and on stage throughout, also doubles as the chorus and has some tricksy singing passages and speaking roles to perform. August’s performances featured Alex South (clarinet), Aileen Sweeney (accordion) and Emily Walker (cello).

Brian McBride, Alan McHugh and Ensemble Thing in Jan Tait and the Bear.

Made in Scotland supports Scottish artists to bring work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and to take advantage of international opportunities received from performing at the festival. Since 2009, the showcase has featured over 200 shows.

Catherine Backhouse as Jan Tait in Ensemble Thing's Jan Tait and the Bear 2.

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