- Category: Art
Two acclaimed High Peak musicians have collaborated on a brand new show all about surveillance. The new production from Glossop based singer-songwriters Steve Roberts and Matt Hill, is called '2084' and will receive its world première at Buxton Fringe Festival in July. The show is set in the year '2084' where our every thought, movement and word are under surveillance by the authorities. Twelve original songs explore themes like regret, betrayal, resistance and defiance. The live performances will be interspersed with snatches of a conversation as the audience 'eavesdrop' on a couple as they relax at home.
Steve Roberts is the former lead singer with hit band 16 Tambourines and a Mercury Music Prize nominee. He explained the thinking behind the show.
“After reading the recent Wikileaks revelations from former spy Edward Snowden, I was shocked by the extent to which we are all being spied on.” said Steve. “I'd recently completed a University course about the Soviet era Cold War and I could see the parallels. I began to write songs that explored these ideas of paranoia and not knowing who to trust”.
Roberts collaborator on the show is fellow Glossop songwriter Matt Hill. Under his performance name of 'Quiet Loner' Hill has had number one albums on the UK Americana chart and his political edged roots music has won praise from Billy Bragg.
“When Steve explained his idea to me I jumped at the chance to work with him.” explained Hill. “Surveillance is a theme that crops up in my songs and we're both fans of George Orwell's book '1984' so that became an inspiration for the show.”
As Glossop residents, both the songwriters are thrilled to be part of the Buxton Fringe Festival and to be representing the town. 'I moved to Glossop a few years ago' says Roberts, 'and there's a really vibrant arts scene. We wanted to create something original and represent Glossop at this amazing festival'.
The show is being performed on three nights – July 9, 10 and 16 – at Underground Venues, The Square, Buxton. “I hope we've created something that is entertaining as well as thought-provoking” says Hill, “If you like live music and are interested in current affairs then we think you'll enjoy watching the show.”
'2084' receives its world première on July 9th at 515pm. Further performances are on July 10th at 845pm and July 16 at 515pm. All shows are at Underground Venues, The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BD see underthefringe.com for full details
Tickets are £8 (Child and Concession £7) Bookings via underthefringe.com
More information about Steve Roberts and Quiet Loner can be found at www.2084.co.uk