Today’s blog picture is my sketch of the Fumious - as distinct from the “frumious” - Bandersnatch. This beast, (at least in the form in which it emerged from my, rather than Lewis Carroll’s grey matter), is part flea, part serpent, part chicken and part bloke in a pub with a fag hanging out of his mouth. They are quite rare. Some are medium rare but you almost never see one that is well done. This one isn’t well done, - look at the uneven positioning of the foot-claws, and the fact that the pencil lines haven’t been rubbed out. The absence of webbing on the left foot is intentional however as it can do webbed foot things with its right foot and unwebbed things with its left. When swimming it uses its right foot more, resulting in a circular pattern of travel, (listing to port) although it does readjust this occasionally by using its left foot as a rudder. This is not a day-to-day problem as it rarely swims.
Meanwhile, back at reality, today we announce the first casting news about The Hunting Of the Snark full-length re-recording, which you may know is the subject of a Pledge Music campaign to raise the money to make it. Very simply put, people pre-order the record to enable us to make it using a big orchestra and a crew of ten ridiculously talented artists, all from different far flung corners of this indescribable thing we call showbiz. In fact I think I may take the lazy way out (Just as many other bloggers do) and simply reproduce the Press release! Here it is, - (below) – so I’ll sign of from the blog now. That was a quick blog but sometimes brevity is the soul of whittle. (As in whittling something down).
Lots of love
[STOP PRESS: THE PRESS RELEASE BELOW HAS TODAY - FEB 9TH 2019 - SADLY BEEN SUPERSEDED BY AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM PLEDGE MUSIC LTD THAT THEY ARE IN EXISTENTIAL CASH-FLOW TROUBLE AND THAT THE FUNDING OF THIS PROJECT (AND ALL THEIR PROJECTS) IS FROZEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE ARE OF COURSE DEVASTATED BY THIS BUT WILL BE LOOKING AT OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS AND WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN THERE IS FURTHER NEWS]
Press release for immediate release
Thursday, 24 January 2019
Matt Lucas to star with Philip Quast and John Partridge in Mike Batt’s new recording of THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK
Songwriter and entrepreneur Mike Batt today announced the first signings in his forthcoming all-star line-up for the first ever full-length recording of his score to the West End Show ‘The Hunting Of The Snark’, based on the Lewis Carroll poem. Batt produced the show at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1991, starring Kenny Everett as the Billiard Marker, Philip Quast as the Bellman and John Partridge as the Butcher.
Quast (the only three-time winner of the Olivier Award for “Best Actor In A Musical”) played the Bellman in the original production, and Partridge (long-established East Enders star and recent winner of Celebrity Master Chef) played the Butcher. Now, 28 years later, they are revisiting their former roles, with Matt Lucas taking the part of the Billiard Marker, originally played by Kenny Everett.
Mike Batt said “This is such a great development. With Kenny Everett, my late buddy, so sadly missed I can think of no one I would prefer to play this part than Matt. I’m also delighted that “Snark originals” Philip Quast and John Partridge, having gone from strength to strength in their careers, were still willing to take a step into the past and help me re-create the old magic. It’s a great start to the casting process of what is a very ambitious project, particularly in today’s challenging music business environment.”
Matt Lucas said “I grew up listening to Mike’s music and I’m really excited to be working with him. I remember watching the concert version on TV and being enchanted by it, and I can’t wait to start learning the songs.'
Philip Quast said “I am thrilled to set sail with some of the old crew again - especially with Mike at the helm of this beautiful, whimsical, haunting piece of work”.
John Partridge said “This score is without doubt a masterpiece, and I am so looking forward to hearing it again after all this time. I was 19 when the voyage began, 28 years ago! Thanks to all those who will have helped to make it happen.”
The substantial funding for this recording is being raised through crowdfunding site Pledge Music. A not-insignificant production, the recording will involve many days of recording with full orchestra, rock band and a cast of ten principal characters. Casting for the remaining characters is currently in progress.
Asked why he is undertaking this project Mike explains “I have always wanted to make a recording of the full score, in addition to the shorter concept album that exists already, because the full dramatic piece contains so much more material that has never been recorded or released, and as an entirety I consider it to be the centrepiece of my life’s work to date”
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Batt’s “The Hunting of The Snark” album began life in 1984 as a concept album starring John Gielgud, John Hurt, Roger Daltrey, Deniece Williams, Captain Sensible, Cliff Richard and Art Garfunkel, with instrumental contributions by George Harrison and Stephane Grappelli. Its release was prevented at the time by disagreements with the record company.Eventually it appeared years later on Batt’s own Dramatico label. Meanwhile a concert version at the Royal Albert Hall was televised by BBC2 in 1987 with John Hurt, Billy Connolly, Justin Hayward, Deniece Williams, Captain Sensible, Roger Daltrey and Midge Ure. In 1991, after a successful try-out at the State Theatre, Sydney, Batt produced it as a full-length musical at the Prince Edward Theatre. The new album will be faithful to the exact West End score, with a running time of two hours.
More about the Pledge Music campaign can be found at HERE
Photos for press use available from HERE