Free Radicals is a unique musical created by UC Arts and Empress Theatre Collective for WORD Christchurch 2018 and for those who enjoyed it – or those who missed it – we’re pleased to announce that the show is now available on YouTube.
The musical pays tribute to pioneering women from the Dark Ages to the present day, including Evelyn Boyd Granville, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Hildegard of Bingen, Maria Sybilla Merian, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Hedy Lamarr, Beatrice Tinsley and Rangituatahi Te Kanawa.
This evolving song cycle features original works by several female female composers, songwriters and instrumentalists from a variety of genres across Aotearoa New Zealand. It features new works by Rosa Elliott, Naomi Ferguson, Glenda Keam, Misfit Mod, The Swan Sisters, Ariana Tikao and Sheree Waitoa.
“The performance will combine a spoken narrative with really diverse musical pieces, ranging from choral and ‘classical’ through to electronic to contemporary, and some lovely indie folk music, in languages including English, Latin and te reo Māori,” explained director, writer and narrator Dr Erin Harrington, who guided the song cycle during several spoken interludes.