A Million Tiny Glitches
An electronic musical.
This is a world where death exists. Loss is hard. Grief is like a river. It's powerful and you can't hold it back.
This is the story of a woman who goes looking for her friend – a friend who has vanished inside a city of his own imagination. Both have lost someone they love and it's cracked the landscape of their lives. A Million Tiny Glitches is a weird and emotional dream quest through those fractures.
A Million Tiny Glitches has grown from our personal experiences of grief over the last few years – vivid and mysterious; you feel it in your heart and your gut. We believe songs can hold emotion very directly, so we thought we'd make a musical that goes deep and feels modern; that embraces sadness without being sombre. Something that's influenced by Björk and ANOHNI, Haruki Murakami and China Miéville. And yeah, there'll be a band.
We're on the look out for presenting and commissioning partners so, if you're a programmer interested in presenting or commissioning the work please contact Kate.
Story / Directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya
Story / Words / Music by Timothy X Atack
Movement Direction by Coral Messam
Musician collaborator Elena Pena
Performed by Kayla Meikle, Simon Mokhele, Zoe West, Timothy X Atack (Ferment Festival, 2017); Madeline Shann (Pulse Festival, 2018)
After doing lots of work on the sound world of the show, the next stage of R&D will be investigating its visual design, projection and animation world.
Produced by MAYK. Seed commissioned by the New Wolsey Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Ferment. Financially supported by Arts Council England. Thanks also to Ovalhouse London and Trinity Arts Bristol. Developed in residence at The Brunswick Club and at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio.
Photos from july 2017 research & development
Photos by Jack Offord. Performers: Timothy X Atack, Kayla Meikle, Simon Mokhele, Zoe West.