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The Ubiquitous Woman work in progress

clare_and_cloneNovember 10 was a significant day for New Notes & Noises, on which we presented work in progress for our first project, The Ubiquitous Woman. Two sections of the chamber opera by Martin Ward and Di Sherlock were shown to an audience of potential sponsors, producers and other fellow professionals, exploring the first outline shape of characters and plot. Plus, of course, the question of how to clone a character Iive on stage.

For this early work, we chose to stay with the deliberately theatrical device of a puppet clone, with electronic multi-voicing to produce a chorus of clones. We were exceptionally lucky to have puppeteer Jenny Dee with us, whose additional skills include object manipulation, dance and acting as well as straight puppeteering. Damian Thantrey appeared as Tony, Sabine’s husband, and Robin Bailey as Theo, the lover of Judith (Sabine’s first clone in the story) while Clare McCaldin and Jenny switched physical roles as different clones and Clare sang live against herself in pre-recorded versions of various characters. Clarinettist Derek Hannigan joined pianist Libby Burgess and Martin Ward contributed live electronics to the mix.


L to R: Damian Thantrey, Robin Bailey, Clare McCaldin, Jenny Dee and Libby Burgess

We were delighted with the response from our audience, which was overwhelmingly positive. We are grateful to guests who felt moved to donate or pledge support to us on the night and we will continue to fund-raise from here to move towards a completed full score and, ultimately, a full production.

The Ubiquitous Woman Showcase, 10 Nov

tuw_progrimageNow that New Notes & Noises is officially up and running, we can tell you when you can get your first look at the project that we’re working on to get the charity off to a winning start. We’re going to perform a staged excerpt of The Ubiquitous Woman at the Jerwood Space in in Southwark on 10 November. It’s a chance for us to try out our new piece and for those who want to support the piece to its completion to see what they’re investing in. Anyone is welcome to come and see what we’ve been working on and get a first look at this absurdist comedy-satire. If you’d like to come along on 10 Nov, get in touch via social media or drop us a line at