A Royal Court Theatre production in collaboration with Operadagen Rotterdam

The Song Project

Some things can only be sung

Concept by Chloe Lamford and Wende
Created by Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight
With words by E.V. Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson

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Royal Court associate designer Chloe Lamford has teamed up with award-winning Dutch singer and composer Wende to explore the moments in life where rationality feels irrelevant.  The Song Project starts from the idea that some things can only be sung.

Collaborating with composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, choreographer Imogen Knight and playwrights E.V. Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson, they share their hopes and anxieties, diving into the messiness of birth, death, rage, grace, friendship, motherhood, mothers, loss and ageing.

Together, this group of female artists cast aside society’s focus on logic, progress and material things, embracing our inherent need for rituals to deal with life-changing events and giving space to the knotty, emotional complexities of life.

With nine performances only, The Song Project is an exclusive opportunity to see Wende, one of the Netherlands most successful artists, live in London.  Although less well known in the UK, Wende has become renowned in her homeland and across Europe, selling out every one of her tours, winning multiple awards for both live performances and albums, and drawing comparisons with the likes of PJ Harvey. Find out more about her music and listen here.

"Wende has something PJ Harvey-esque in her defiant vulnerability and the raw edge of her vocals."

Financial Times

“Her vulnerability blends perfectly with music and audio visual technicality of world class. There is no escaping Wende.”

De Volkskrant

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