THE OTHER PLACE – A Vox-Popera by Billy Bottle & The Multiple

A Vox-Popera by
Billy Bottle and The Multiple

“Utterly Weill”
Dougald Hine

“A diary in four dimensions”
Kate Westbrook

A microcosmic journey across England in the last days of a general election campaign. 17 stories about Power from the people we met.

June 24th – Premiere at Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
June 30th – Arts House Cafe, Bristol
July 2nd – Art House Cafe, Southampton
Oct 8th – The Acorn, Penzance
Oct 13th – The Brunswick, Brighton

On the evening of 7th May, 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament.

Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon as they make their way slowly to Westminster. On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them ‘Who’s got the Power?’

At the end of a long and winding journey, they arrive at Parliament Square on a milk float to make their delivery: a symbolic reminder that the power doesn’t belong to the inhabitants of Westminster, it is given to them by the rest of us.

This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billy and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power and an invitation to the audience to make their voices heard. 

Following on from their critically acclaimed album, Unrecorded Beam (the poetry of Thoreau), The Multiple features Martine Waltier, Roz Harding and Billy Bottle, (all mainstays of Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra) plus flautist Vivien Goodwin-Darke (from the psychedelic rock band, Magic Bus) and recording artist and producer Lee Fletcher (of Unsung Productions) on soundscapes. Like the best art rock, they combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way. 

Complete with wobbly camera footage and the sounds of the streets, this performance is a real democratic party in action!

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