SAF 2005 - the gogmagogs


Singapore Arts Festival 2005


~ The Season of Brilliance ~


26 May – 26 June




Gumbo Jumbo


the gogmagogs (UK)


 Date  :  17 – 19 June, 8pm
 Venue  :  Victoria Theatre
 Tickets  :  $42, $32, $21, $16
 Duration  :  90 minutes (no intermission)



“exceptional artists…the most entertaining music theatre I’ve seen in years”  - The Independent, UK


“an astonishing virtuosic show that has pushed back the boundaries of classical music” - The Guardian, UK


“Music-making as a physical act both boisterous and joyful” - Globe and Mail, Toronto


Reinventing music-making, the gogmagogs puts fun into classical music by throwing away the music stands and incorporating physical theatre in their performances.  Founded in 1995 by theatre director Lucy Bailey and violinist, Nell Catchpole, the gogmagogs have created a unique theatrical language for contemporary music that everyone can relate to, in order to reach out to new and bigger audiences.


Lucy Bailey devises and directs the choreography for an ensemble of seven highly-trained classical musicians, which includes Nell Catchpole.  The music is specially written for the ensemble by several composers including Django Bates, Roger Eno and Jane Gardner. In order to find the physical and musical starting points for the work, the gogmagogs invite the composer to be present during their rehearsals, before the final composition is written. This allows the ensemble and composers to create an interesting piece of work and music which incorporates the physical limitations of the musicians as they move about, interact with other musicians while playing their instruments.

Gumbo Jumbo by the gogmagogs is their latest, exciting stew of spicy, live music entertainment, comprising 10 different pieces. Described as a ‘rich kaleidoscope of musical styles’, Gumbo Jumbo will showcase the ensemble’s brand of eclectic brilliance on classical music as they deliver yet another riveting performance.


Please refer to the attached annexes for more information:



  • Programme
  • Credit list
  • Company background
  • Biographies of the directors and musicians