Jeremy Irons at Sisters Grimm 10th Birthday Celebration

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On Thursday 8th November, Sisters Grimm celebrated their 10th birthday by presenting excerpts from several of their upcoming shows to an intimate audience at the Ministry of Sound in Elephant and Castle.

The Ministry was transformed from its usual sweaty, dark and chaotic throng into something altogether more reserved, with walls and balcony decorated with lights and ivy. The middle of the floor was taken up by a single plastic tree sprouting little white flowers, as if to immerse attendees in a fairytale forest.

The “sisters” are composer Ella Spira and ex-Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman. In their own words, Sisters Grimm was founded “with a vision to create shows that maintain the highest artistic standards, are culturally themed, socially relevant and accessible”. At the Ministry of Sound, they presented previews of five of their new performances: Voices of the Amazon, Sakura, The Great Winter, The Enchantress and Grammy award-nominated Inala. Each segment offered just a taste of what’s in store for viewers of the full productions in the future, from spirited Zulu ballet to a lively re-imagining of Japanese fan dancing.

Acclaimed actors Jeremy Irons, who presented the performances, and Joely Richardson each lend their voices to Voices of the Amazon and The Great Winter respectively, and the London Contemporary Voices choir joined Alfie Boe in a song for the latter. A behind-the-scenes video preceded each excerpt, where performers and those involved behind the scenes were able to have their say on the artistic validity of and method behind each of the different works.

Inala – meaning “abundance of goodwill” in Zulu – will have its West End premiere at London’s Peacock Theatre from 29th April until 19th May 2019, and following a run at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore will tour the UK. 

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Jeremy Irons Participates in Pages of the Sea

Jeremy Irons invites you to join Danny Boyle and thousands of people on 11 November to mark one hundred years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Gather on beaches across the UK & Ireland to say a personal thank you & goodbye as part of Pages of the Sea. Who will you say goodbye to? www.pagesofthesea.org.uk

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11 November 2018 marks 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. To mark the occasion we’re working in partnership with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary on ‘Pages of the Sea’.

Today filmmaker Danny Boyle invited communities around the UK to gather on beaches, on the 100th anniversary of Armistice to say thank you and goodbye.

Millions contributed to the First World War, many of them departing from these shores.  At low tide, on selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand and be washed away as the tide comes in. The sand art designs will be created by Sand in Your Eye.

Anyone who wants to join in can help create silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. Individuals, families and communities will also be invited to read a new poem by poet Carol Ann Duffy.