The Music In Goodness : A Journey Around The World

 We here at Touchstone are very excited that Volcano Theatre’s stunning production Goodness opened this week at the Firehall Arts Centre. Presented by Touchstone Theatre in association with the Firehall Arts Centre and the 2012 Chutzpah Festival, Goodness is written by award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Redhill and has been touring internationally for 7 years to great acclaim. One of the most compelling aspects to the play is its use of traditional folk songs from all around the world including Africa and eastern Europe.

We have been emailing back and forth with the show’s Musical Director Brenna MacCrimmon who is currently touring with a different production in Instabul. She joked “when I told people I was working on the music for a play about genocide there was always a look of bafflement. I suppose the first thing that jumps to people’s minds is Springtime For Hitler.” Bafflement, however is not the response of many critics who have seen this production. Toronto’s Now Magazine referenced the music in the show in their 5 star review which described Goodness as “Extraordinary… There’s not a wrong dramatic moment, including the haunting use of a cappella songs”. When the production played at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe festival, where it won both the Edinburgh Fringe First Award and the Carol Tambor “Best of Edinburgh” Award, it also won accolades for its use of music during the production. The Scotsman in the UK called the music “an inspired, light-touch use of traditional sung laments from Africa and central Europe…” well the The Herald called the music “spine-tingling”. The music provides a hauntingly beautiful layer to the complex tapestry of the play.

We have gathered a few recordings of the Brenna MacCrimmon & cast performing music from the play as well as a video of them rehearsing a piece with Toronto performer Teddy Masuku. Take a listen!

The Cast of Volcano Theatre’s Goodness performs Tobela, a traditional folk song from Zimbawe.

2009 Cast of Goodness – rehearsal – Halala Kina (traditional song from Zimbawe)

From Goodness – SzerelemSzerelem, traditional folk song from Hungary

From Goodness – Vreme Mi Dojde, traditional folk song from Bulgaria

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