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Why I can’t wait for The Nature of Why

Carl Grose

I hope you’ve had a great summer and thanks to those of you who’ve visited us in our glorious tent on Carlyon Beach.

I’m writing to tell you that our Asylum season isn’t over yet, and we have two more weeks of fantastic events lined up for you.

The Nature of Why is performed by the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first large-scale professional ensemble for disabled musicians. And with The Nature of Why and various other fantastic projects, they have played all over the world – from Blackpool to Perth, London’s South Bank, the Paralympic Games 2012 with Coldplay, and now appear as regular headlining acts at Glastonbury Festival. The piece has been co-created by Will Gregory of the infinitely cool Goldfrapp, and the brilliant Charles Hazlewood, friend, collaborator and composer on such Kneehigh shows as Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Tin Drum and this summer’s Ubu! – A Singalong Satire. So it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome him back, this time with a whole new crew.

But what of the show itself?

Well, its power is not to be talked about here, but best experienced live. What I can tell you is that it’s an extraordinary piece of work. And if art exists to be vital, challenging, transcendent and transformative, then there’s no spin or bluster here when I say The Nature of Why has all of these things in spades. It’s an uncategorisable mash-up of stunning music and dance with the cumulative effect akin to… Oh, just come and see for yourself! It’s unlike anything you’ve seen! And we’re thrilled to have brought it here, to Cornwall, in our Asylum, this weekend, for you. So please do seize the opportunity if you can. In a time when it’s hard to see the wood from the trees and all that can be heard is incessant static, what better thing to do than come and see this audacious, uplifting, boundary-blurring thing of beauty?

Right now I think we all need that, don’t we?

Don’t miss it!


Carl Grose

Co-Artistic Director, Kneehigh