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Recently we tested a new score in front of a live audience for the classic Horror film Nosferatu. This was a prototype to see if this is something that could be developed into a full-length piece of work. The feedback has been positive from audiences as you can see below.
I thought the performance was brilliant! Danny was incredible - the way he used his whole body to interact with the instruments and move around the stage. I found his playing so captivating; I kept forgetting to watch the film! It was funny, engaging, energetic, enchanting. I loved the use of props; the quill writing was fun, added a nice theatrical addition. The rat was really funny. The music was beautiful; so clever!!! My only sadness is that it ended! (Anonymous, 2023)
The experience of a live score was something that people had not experienced before, and it was clear that this film was one that folk were not familiar with. The reason for testing with a free event and seeking anonymous feedback is something that I have been undertaking recently. It allows audiences to watch with no vested financial interest, I believe this elicits feedback which is a true reflection of their experience i.e., people can be honest. They also if they enjoyed it have great ideas from which we can either build upon or not. Development of small-scale performance is tricky, one; venues have very little money or space to put on work, two; when they do they need to know that there is a demand for such an experience and finally that the work is ready for the public. Most new work takes time to develop and ensuring the audience is part of this experience is key to building something that people want.
We have taken on board the feedback and now we will build towards a final draft in 2024.