Performed and created by
Esther Simpson and Fabric Lenny
Welcome to Patchwork Wonders a genre-bursting mix of beatboxing, live drawing, animation, jazz, hip hop and South Asian folk music.
Get ready to be transported into the wonky, magical, dreamlike world of the Stitch Brothers as they take you on a journey of discovery.
Playful, engaging and fun the show is perfect for 5- 8 year olds and their grown ups!
Jason Singh is an awarding winning sound artist, beatboxer and creative facilitator. Singh works with voice and music technology and his recording and performance output spans across a wide range of genres including ambient, contemporary classical, jazz, indian classical, drum and bass, electronica and free improvisation. He has collaborated with a plethora of artists, some of which include Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Yazz Ahmed, Shabaka Hutchings, Big Narstie, Rokia Traore, Time Exile, Leafcutter John, Scanner and Graham Massey.
Solo and collaborative commissions include BBC Proms, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, V&A Museum, Music for Youth, Tate, Jaipur Literature Festival, Nottingham Museum, BFI and the National Trust.
Jason is also visiting lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and 2019 artist in residence with Bristol Plays Music.
Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist and multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator. Awarded ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2018 and 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, he is a renowned innovator of the modern IndoJazz style. Well regarded as a theatre composer, he has contributed scores and sound design to over one hundred productions (including works for Manchester Royal Exchange, The Globe, NYT, Library Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Bolton Octagon, Belgrade Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unicorn, Stratford Theatre Royal, Polka, Tamasha and Watford Palace) since his debut in 2002 (Stormby Lemn Sissay at Contact, Manchester). Arun leads his own band, touring nationally and internationally. In association with British Council, he has run international music residencies in Morocco, Kuwait, UAE, Ukraine, Kenya and China.
Esther is the Artistic Director of Whispered Tales, a new artistic collaboration that shines a light on forgotten stories and unheard voices. Esther Simpson and Steve Gibbs combine their skills of theatrical storytelling and sound design to create innovative arts projects that resonate with contemporary audiences and provoke debate. They delight in scheming up new ideas, formats and locations to bring their vibrant art to a more diverse crowd. At present Whispered Tales is working with HRP at The Tower of London and at Hampton Court Palace to create an after hours binaural experience that retells the story of Kathryn of Aragon and her requirement to produce a male heir. Esther is also the Artistic Director of Twisted Tales a partnership between Open Theatre Company, MBD and Birmingham Hippodrome which annually creates family theatre shows working with professional artists with learning disabilities.
Previously Esther was the Artistic director of MBD, an Arts Council of England national portfolio organisation based in Leicester. During her 20 year career as Artistic Director, Esther created a vast number of critically claimed theatre shows, installations, treasure hunts and trails. The company was commissioned by a number of prestigious clients including: The National Theatre, The Without Walls Consortium, Brighton Festival and The National Trust.
Fabric Lenny is a painter, animator, sculptor, designer, illustrator and creative director.
His creative journeys start with drawing; it’s a way for him to propagate ideas, clarify thinking and make discoveries. These ‘starts’ can be doodles, observed drawings, or just a series of marks which offer up hidden images, suggest unusual shapes and concepts, or can unlock the door to new imagery and fresh ways of working that can lead to live projection, sculpture, animation, installation, illustration and lots of fun.
Fabric Lenny’s work includes installation, theatre design, animation, live drawing, illustration, sculpture, moving image and painting. He is a serial collaborator and regularly works with musicians, performers, photographers, dancers and theatre practitioners to create engaging installations, happenings and other unexpected magic.
Matthew Linley is a freelance producer and theatre maker. Until December 2017 he was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Unity Theatre, Liverpool, leaving to pursue freelance projects across the UK and internationally. Recent work includes the UK tour of Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone (Unity Theatre/Riksteatern), Horny Handed Tons of Soil (Phrased & Confused/ Unity Theatre), Into the Cuckoo’s Nest (Martin Green/Lepus Productions) and When Did You Stop Dancing (What A Little Bird Told Me Theatre).
He is currently Administrative Director at New Wolsey Theatre (June 19-June 20) and a lecturer at East 15/University of Essex.
Projects in development include Lonely Hearts Club (by Luke Barnes), The Ballad of Maria Marten (with Eastern Angles) and The Stitch Brothers Patchwork Wonders (with Arun Ghosh,Fabric Lenny and Jason Singh).
Approx. 60 mins, no interval
5 - 8 years.