Describe the musical world of the performance.
Our production of Much Ado About Nothing is set in early 20th century Italy and so we decided that the music should be traditional Italian with an early 20th century twist. The dance, for example, is loosely based on a traditional Italian folk tune, restructured and orchestrated to work for our purposes.
The songs are written specially for this production using the lyrics from the script with an extra song for Hero and Claudio’s first wedding, for which we used the words of a sonnet which we felt was particularly appropriate to their relationship. For Hero’s funeral I took inspiration from early Italian Renaissance sacred music which I hope brings a sense a solemnity and timelessness to the occasion.
Perhaps the most famous song in Much Ado About Nothing is “sigh no more”, in the first act, in our production sung by Margret. I hope that our version is wistful, pre-empting the fact that it is, in truth, a man rather than Hero who is the deceiver in this story.