Music Beyond Mainstream and Brighton Dome are presenting a short online film to highlight alternative Christmas stories that will resonate with anyone who may feel isolated or disconnected from the festive season.
Another Christmas explores real life narratives, accompanied by performances from leading musicians, singer-songwriters and performers in unusual locations. Using a kaleidoscopic approach, Artistic Director Laura Ducceschi, co-creator Patrick Eakin Young and film maker Samona Olanipekun cast real families, individuals and friends spending the festive period in ways that don’t necessarily conform to the traditional version of Christmas celebrations.
'This is sort of billed as a non-Christmassy Christmas but actually it’s even more Christmassy as a result by trying to focus on the reality of it', says ESKA. 'Not everyone’s sleeping in heavenly peace right now, but we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and we wish heavenly peace on people whatever they’re going through.'
Artistic and Musical Director Laura Ducceschi echoes this. 'This is about connection. We always wanted to finish it with a sense of a hug. This is about ‘the other’ but we are all the other.'
About the Cast
Camille O'Sullivan is a singer/actress who enjoys an international reputation for her interpretations of the songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more. Chameleon- like on stage, each song has a different character with its story to tell. As much a storyteller as a singer, or actress interpreting a monologue.
Douglas Dare’s music speaks of his own experiences of universal themes like love, loss, and childhood. Perhaps most importantly, his music gives a voice and a sanctuary to anyone who’s ever felt unusual or out of place.
Duke Garwood is a musician currently residing in the Deep South.
ESKA is a vocalist, composer, actor and producer whose genre-hopping career has included collaborations with artists such as Grace Jones, Zero 7, Matthew Herbert, Bobby McFerrin, UNKLE, designer Rick Owens and of course Tony Allen.
Feargal Murray has composed music for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), arranged for the Irish Film Orchestra, Irish Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of Ireland.He has toured extensively playing such venues as Carnegie Hall and he had the honour of playing at George Best's funeral.
Oliver Coates is a London-based cellist, composer and producer.
- Premier Thu 16 Dec, 8pm
Watch on YouTube & Facebook
Watch online anytime Fri 17–Fri 31 Dec
Approx. 25 mins