Saturday 26 May, 10.30pm - late
Jim Carey celebrates the work of Nick Darke
presented by Guillemot Press
The prolific and award-winning Cornish playwright Nick Darke would have been 70 this year, and his wife Jane, artist, writer and film-maker, is a long-time friend of the festival. Artist and musician Jim Carey was Musical Director with Kneehigh Theatre for over 20 years, and he says “Nick and I collaborated on several Kneehigh projects in the 90s - Ting Tang Mine, The Bogus, The King of Prussia & The Riot. A number of songs were created, folk songs crossing boundaries, sometimes operatic in nature, sometimes lyrical, laments, ballads, sometimes ridiculously comical and pompous.” A touring show of these songs is planned, and we are honoured that Jim has agreed to round off our Saturday with a sneak-preview short set of them.
Jim Carey's work has been associated with the theatre and music. He has been musical director, composer and musician for various events and organisations. He was one of the early Kneehigh Theatre members and part of the core creative team not only devising but also performing and Musical Director for almost 20 years. Carey was also a composer for ten or so shows by Miracle Theatre from Cornwall. He has produced the music and composed for many Eden Project events, WildWorks Theatre, Golden Tree Productions, Hall For Cornwall and led/founded musical groups such as BragaTanga, The Carey Collective, Bombrassa, Radjel, Bagattack. In the last few years Carey has directed and co- written three plays from Silly Boys Theatre. He have always been fascinated by music and song that tell stories and by the power of music as an expressive form.
Nick Darke and Carey collaborated on theatre projects in the 90s, Ting Tang Mine, The Bogus, The King of Prussia & The Riot with Kneehigh Theatre. A number of songs were created, folk songs crossing boundaries, sometimes operatic in nature, sometimes lyrical, laments, ballads, sometimes ridiculously comical and pompous.
Carey studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1977-1981. He settled in Cornwall in 1982.