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Songs In The Key of Cree
On from 06 May 2017 till 06 May 2017
Finborough Theatre
by Tomson Highway


Tickets: £16 - £18

About: Songs In The Key of Cree

Saturday, 6 May at 9.45pm.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions. (Group Bookings – 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets booked.)

“English is so hierarchical. In Cree, we don't have animate-inanimate comparisons between things. Animals have souls that are equal to ours. Rocks have souls, trees have souls. Trees are 'who,' not 'what.” – Tomson Highway.

As part of the Finborough Theatre’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday, and as part of a European tour including ten shows in seven countries in twenty-one days, the UK premiere of an evening of the songs of multi-award-winning writer, composer and musician Tomson Highway, Songs in the Key of Cree, plays for one late night performance at the Finborough Theatre on Saturday, 6 May 2017.

Songs in the Key of Cree is a compilation of songs written over the past thirty years by Cree-Canadian playwright/ songwriter/pianist Tomson Highway. The twelve songs in the show are taken from five of his musicals – Rose, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, The (Post) Mistress, The Sage, the Dancer, and the Fool and his latest new musical as yet to be titled.

What makes the songs unique is their Cree lyrics. Cree is the most spoken Native language in Canada today, and many of Canada’s most well-known place names are of Cree origin including Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Chicoutimi, Quebec and Ottawa. Cree is a very rhythmic language that lends itself very naturally to music and music-making, and the style of the music is "cabaret." Think Cole Porter and Kurt Weill...with Cree lyrics. Which is not to say that many songs will be sung in English as well. And some in French. (Mr. Highway is tri-lingual in Cree, his mother tongue, and French and English.)

The songs will be sung by extraordinary Peruvian-Canadian cabaret singer, Patricia Cano, accompanied by jazz saxophonist Marcus Ali, and by Tomson Highway himself on the piano.

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