Arts Active and the Memo Arts Centre are collaborating to bring an exciting immersive cinema event that connects a suite of new music played on the St David’s Hall Javanese Gamelan to accompany Alfred Hitchcock’s first ever silent thriller in 1927 The Lodger, A story of the London Fog.
The film is a story full of intrigue and suspense and was chosen not only for its gripping narrative but its important association with Cardiff born musician, composer and actor Ivor Novello, whose past music and heritage created a legacy of music carried on today through the Novello Awards for music.
Composer Helen Woods has been developing this innovative cinematic experience with the Cardiff Gamelan community musicians, who together will weave the silent film tradition and live musical accompaniment to echo the Indonesian tradition for epic shadow puppet performances Wayang Kulit of which Gamelan music is integral.Ivor Novello who features in Hitchcock’s first silent thriller, was a Welsh actor, dramatist, singer, and composer who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. In 1914, at the start of the First World War, Novello wrote “Keep the Home Fires Burning”, a song that expressed the feelings of innumerable families sundered by the war. Helen Woods’ Gamelan composition will resonate Novello pieces throughout the film screening with the new Gamelan accompaniment.
Tickets: £11, £9 concessions
Early Bird tickets: £9, £7 concessions