From the depths of his soundproofed apartment, a double bassist exposes his meandering thoughts offering a parable on the inner turmoil of today’s man.
Combining research interviews with music, Laurence Dollander creates shows that explore social issues. An oboist and no stranger to performing in orchestras herself, Laurence draws from her own observations to reflect on what it means to put oneself out there. What fuels our search for recognition and love? What do concepts such as prestige mean?
In this adaptation of The Double Bass by Patrick Süskind, she interweaves fiction with a documentary inspired by her experience as a music teacher. Interviews with children who play the double bass run in parallel to the monologue unfolding on stage, reflecting on what directs our choices and how we grow up building our own space amongst others.
Previous shows include The Moon is the Sun of the Night (Camden People’s Theatre), Live : Sentence (Avignon Festival, France) and Piece for Voices, Oboe and Knitting (Royal Albert Hall). Laurence currently teaches music at Balham's Oak Lodge School, a specialist school for the deaf.
Created with support from Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund.
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