In 2013, Thomas Guthrie founded Music and Theatre for All to challenge the perception that live music and theatre are elitist, exclusive and expensive, and to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds with world-class professionals to create and experience of opera, music and theatre.
Since then, Music and Theatre for All has produced highly acclaimed, cutting edge, work that has brought together new audiences in new places with world-class musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and artists.
Our innovative projects Death Actually (2014) and Real Life Actually (2015/16) involved collaborations with students, older people, and community groups to celebrate life and death through live performance.
Past Projects have been featured at the Spitalfields Music Summer and Winter Festivals, Brighton Festival, at the Barbican, in schools, churches and community settings, and on film, bringing music and theatre to all, for all.
Music and Theatre for All believes that:
- storytelling, singing and theatre are essential to community and vital for whatever it is that makes us human
- opera and theatre should be accessible to all, rich and poor, young and old, and that as such it should deal with issues common to us all
- enabling a space for each audience member to go on their own individual journey and to connect with their own individual imaginations is preferable to telling them what to think
- singing is not only an extreme physical and human art, but also a need, and that every single one of us can do it. Combined with storytelling, it can make our most visceral and communicative art form
Valuing craft and technique, being honest, appreciating beauty and humour, and taking risks are the drivers at the heart of all of our work.
“gloriously unexpected entertainment”The Times, 2014
Header photo courtesy of Brighton Early Music Festival, Credit: Robert Piwko