Songs of Lear

has already
passed into legend


Grzegorz Bral – Director


Do not show too much in the performance - only provoke imagination.

About Us


the song of the goat theatre

Established in 1996
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Our History

‪Song of the Goat Theatre (www.piesnkozla.pl) is a multi-award winning company, which has developed an international reputation as one of Europe’s most innovative training-based theatre companies. ‪A distinctive element of the company’s practice and training is the need and search for connection and openeness as the root of authentic experience. The work always seeks to integrate movement, voice, song and text, creating a performance that has an inherent musicality and connects with the audience on a sensory level.

Coordination Technique

An original practice based on the integration of all the acting tools into one common and organic unity of highest quality. Co-ordination consists of the organic linking together and integration of voice, text, energy, imagination and movement within the individual as well as with a partner and the whole group. We explore the flow between song and word, rhythm and gesture, sound and character.

Tragedy born from the Spirit of Music

Ancient Greeks believed that the word is the energetic equivalent of the object, that there is no difference between sound and what it signifies. Music therefore represents a hidden territory. Music is the core of tragedy as it is only music that can provoke a catharsis. It is universal, and it is the most objective of all the arts. It has no material form such as the human experience of loss, despair and pain and has no material form.

Anthropology of Acting

This technique is rooted in an understanding that true acting is born from a particular way of being. Every culture has their own way of performing, but what is common to most of them is a belief that every aspect of performing begins from the “performative center” which can be understood as personal cohesive, integrated way of being. From this point of view , acting is a way of imitating and conjuring spiritual realms.

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Cast&Crew


"The director, Grzegorz Bral, conducts his company like a classical orchestra."

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Meet the Team

Song of the Goat Theatre is an international ensemble of performers and musicians.

Grzegorz Bral

Director

Maciej Rychły

Musician/Composer

Jean–Claude Acquaviva

Composer

Kelvin Chan

Actor

Peyman Fallahian Sichani

Actor

Monika Dryl

Actress

Henry McGrath

Actor

Jenny Kaatz

Actress

Katarzyna Janekowicz

Actress

Julianna Habel – Bloodgood

Actress

Rafał Habel – Bloodgood

Actor

Anu Almagro

Actress

Łukasz Wójcik

Actor

Waldemar Trzaska

Sound production
  • Songs of Lear is the highest ranked performance in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012

    — Top - rated festival list —
  • Songs of Lear seems to have already passed into legend even though it's only a work in progress.

    — The Guardian —
  • The performance is ceremonial, consecrated and sanctified, rich in the essence of the play. My five stars were laid bare on outstretched palms, offered in reverence.

    —Fringe Biscuit —
  • It is not only the most deeply affecting show I have seen in Edinburgh this summer, it is also one of the most profoundly moving theatre productions I have ever experienced.

    — The Herald —
  • We begin with harmony, reflected in soft, rich music. But, as the king makes ill-advised choices, the world slips into discord and the music follows suit, in dark rhythms of clapping, chanting and urgent, piercing incantations.

    — The Scotsman —
  • For the half hour that followed, I was static electricity, too knock-kneed to stand. It is a full-body detox; catharsis pure and simple and transcendent.

    — Edinburgh Festival —
  • I haven't words to describe my trip accross the rhythms, emotions and dreams, maybe today, two days later, I've seen people who could performer it because they draw lifes, lyrics and songs.

    — Hepiranares —
  • Song Of The Goat Theatre are an extraordinary company, and masters of their craft. Going beyond music that is a joy to listen to, this is a collection of highly evocative and emotionally stirring works and a magical piece of theatre.

    — Fringe Guru —
  • Without a doubt, this is the best thing I’ve seen at the Fringe. ‘Songs of Lear’ is a dramatic retelling of ‘King Lear’ using song, and Song Of The Goat Theatre use this method to capture the essence of Shakespeare’s play perfectly.

    — Treeweeks —
  • The choral singing is powerful from the onset: ritualistic, growing into gut-wrenching torrents of emotion. Solos from Cordelia were breathtakingly stirring, climaxing in visceral wails of anguish and gushes of tears. Each song offers a unique feeling and intent.

    — Brobwaybayby —
  • It is a powerful, arresting approach to theatrical storytelling and it perfectly adumbrates the complexity of Lear. Yet the performance’s formidable power resides largely in the intensity of the music itself.

    — Festmag —
  • For the half hour that followed, I was static electricity, too knock-kneed to stand. It is a full-body detox; catharsis pure and simple and transcendent. In a Fringe chock-full of profanity, Songs of Lear is something sacred.

    — Matt Trueman —
  • Their precision binds all of this into an impressive piece that lingers after the performers have bowed (to standing ovations) and the sweltering space has cleared, so that Songs of Lear continue to reverberate within you.

    — Edinburgh Spotlight —
  • There was one moment when goosebumps overwhelmed me, with two of the ensemble sitting on chairs and lamenting, their voices reaching dizzying heights and sending shiver after shiver down my spine. This wasn’t just song, this was untapped raw emotion.

    — A Young theatre —
  • This is a very special piece of theatre that carried me away emotionally with the beauty of its sound. I can't really do it justice – just go see it, hear it, feel it.

    — Fringe Review —
  • Care is taken with each element: storytelling, music, words and the composition of the stage. The structure of the piece is used to free the audience to absorb rather than scrutinise without losing any of the transcendental ferocity, power or vulnerability in the source material.

    — Scottish Poetry Liberary —

Contact


Alicja Bral - Company's Producer

(UK) tel. +44 7852348144
(PL) tel. +48 794474026
production@songsoflear.com

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