Last year I received my first opportunity to score a theatre production. The production, presented by Theatre After Secrets and titled ‘Knuckle Down,’ is a combination of both theatre and dance.
The music composed for ‘Knuckle Down’ is rather reserved (for the most part), and features only a small group of instruments (piano, strings, flute, clarinet, voices, and synth effects). I took the chance to assign not only specific melodies, but also specific instruments to the two characters in the story. I used the flute for the ‘Bird’ character to represent her innocence and naivety, and the clarinet for the ‘Cat’ character to represent her bitterness and darker nature. ‘Knuckle Down’ premiered on September 20th, 2012 at the Fred Thury Studio Theatre at York University in Toronto.
Do you ever want to turn it all off?
A story of two runaways confronting the pain they are escaping in the other. In a broken down playground against the backdrop of the city, the eagerness of one is challenged by the hardness of the other. They have until sunrise to let each other in.
Photos: Martin Kessler and Farah Ghazal