Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, trauma-recovery, bird-song, war and waltzes.
This adventurous production will run for an hour and a quarter without an interval. After the break, Rowan will present a discussion about the show and what inspired her to create it.
Unravelling the urgent message hidden in the folds of a story from her own grandmother’s youth in 1940s Germany, award-winning musician Rowan Rheingans sings to the past, the present and the future in this unique and deeply personal one-woman show.
At once a warm family memoir and an unnerving elegy on the modern human condition, Rowan explores how hope for the future may be found in the very darkest pockets of history.
Weaving storytelling and song with fiddles, banjo and guitar, live looping and subtle use of pre-recorded sounds, Rowan brings the intimacy of a folk gig to the imaginative possibilities of theatre in this poignant reflection on human empathy and small acts of transformation.
Rowan Rheingans is a fiddle player, banjoist, songwriter and composer best known for her work with acclaimed folk bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation. With these projects Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ('Best Original Track' & 'Best Album') and is a five-times nominee.
Rowan’s debut solo show Dispatches on the Red Dress is supported by PRS Foundation, Arts Council England and English Folk Dance and Song Society.
‘Joined by special guests, I’ll be hosting a 30-minute post-interval discussion on the themes of the show and on the ways we can resist the rise of the far right and engage in anti-racist, pro-immigration and peace work in our communities. Hopefully, this will inspire conversations for the bus ride home & afterwards too… I’m so pleased that my gig can be a platform for sharing the important work of Tom Jackson, from the Holocaust Educational Trust (UK) & Alex Etchart, activist theatre maker and South American folk singer.’